St. Matthew's Vaccine and Mask Policy

People with Masks

Proof of vaccination required for in-person worship

St. Matthew's Reimagining Team has developed a plan in compliance with evolving COVID-19 policies and guidelines for the reopening of places of worship, mandated by Ontario's Ministry of Health and The City of Toronto. The plan aims to prevent infection among staff, members and visitors to St. Matt's, while ensuring the best possible in-person faith experience.

Please review the following guidelines for attending in-person worship at St. Matt's.

Proof of Vaccination

Effective November 14, 2021, all church members, adherents, guests and visitors aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to attend worship services in the building. 
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 will be required after vaccines become widely available for this age group.

Before you come to worship

If you are not feeling well on Sunday morning, or if you have been asked to quarantine by a health professional, it is very important that you do not come to worship. 

When you arrive at St. Matt's

  • Arrive early: The east entrance doors to the sanctuary will open at 10:00 am, and we ask that you arrive by 10:20 am.

  • Wear a mask: Masks or face coverings that cover your nose, mouth and chin must be worn in the church building. Masks are available at the door if you do not have one with you.

  • Screening: You must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to the building by answering health questions. You can use the Ontario COVID Customer Screening Tool.

  • Check-In: Service Team members will meet you at the welcome desk to verify your identity and proof of double vaccination, and sign you in.

  • Remember hand hygiene: Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in.

In the Sanctuary

  • Follow greeter’s directions: Please sit in designated areas to ensure social distancing. Family groups and people in the same household may sit together.

  • Enjoy listening: There will be live music with organ/piano and a soloist at a distance from the congregation.

  • Refrain from singing: No full choir or congregational singing is permitted. We look forward to being able to sing together again in future, but at this time, we are limited to humming and/or mouthing the words behind our masks.

  • No bulletins or hymn books: There will be no paper bulletins or hymn books; we will project service content on the video screen.

  • Refreshments not served: There will be no food or drink served. You may bring your own water bottle.

  • Remain seated: After you are seated, please do not walk around to visit with other congregation members.

After the Service

  • Exit with distance from others: After the service, please remember to practice physical distancing, and remain 2 metres from others as you leave the sanctuary.

  • Access washrooms as needed: The washroom next to the parlour is open, as are the washrooms on the lower level at the bottom of the stairs by the office.

  • Refrain from socializing: Please do not socialize in the church building. At this time, we will need to smile at friends and wave or talk at a distance until we are outside the church building.

Although our Sunday in-person experience feels different than what we are all used to, we must all follow the guidance of Toronto Public Health to protect the health and safety of all those attending. We look forward to worshiping together with you in whatever way you feel comfortable.

Online Worship

We will continue to offer online worship through the St. Matt's Facebook page, either through recorded videos after the service or live-streaming Sunday mornings.
Please do not enter the church if you have any of the following: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, not feeling well in any way.


Building Guidelines

Please do not enter the church if you are required to quarantine or have any of the following: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, not feeling well in any way.
 
St Matthew’s United Church is not open to the general public. Access is available to:

  • Employees or independent contractors with St Matthew’s United Church

  • St Matthew’s members, adherents, guests or volunteers

  • Community groups and their programming with existing leases and a vaccination policy

  • Attendance at church programming or worship services (see above)

Proof of Vaccination

Effective November 14, 2021, all individuals aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter the building. When providing proof of full vaccination, you must also provide identification confirming your name and date of birth.
All community groups have a vaccination policy that has been approved by St Matthew’s Property team. 
These vaccination policies include;

  • Screening

  • Contact tracing

  • Proof of Vaccination

  • Physical distancing

  • Masks (for those over 2 year of age)

  • Entry and exit policies

Hygiene and Sanitization

Please wash your hands and hand sanitizer is provided throughout the building. Please cough into your sleeve or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterwards.

St Matthew’s cares deeply for the community and the well being of all.  Staff, volunteers and community groups that are enforcing these policies are following instructions of the Board.