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Information Regarding Seating Capacity

 

Based on the current public health order (and the SHA Guidelines for Places of Worship), at Holy Child Parish we will continue to plan for 25 people when the church is used.  When the hall chapel space is used, we will continue to plan for 20 people.  

 

With limited seating, and to give all parishioners an opportunity to attend a Mass, parishioners may now register for a Mass once every few weeks for Sunday Masses (but only if seating is available). 

 

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Important note for the times

when restrictions are able to be  loosened

 

Due to the differing lengths of pews at Holy Child Parish, we need to map out the seating arrangements for each liturgy to determine how many people can actually be accommodated while maintaining the 2-meter distancing requirement between households at all times.  

 

When more single-person households attend, the maximum number of people we can accommodate is much fewer than when more multi-person households attend.  Therefore, even if the public health order (and SHA Guidelines for Places of Worship) allow for up to 30% capacity or 150 people - whichever is less, because of the 2-meter distancing requirement (which is always the starting point) as well as the layout of the seating at Holy Child Parish, the actual seating capacity that can be accommodated safely is as follows.

  • If the participants were all single people, then only 33 people would be able to be seated safely (i.e., ensuring 2-meter distancing at all times, and ensuring people can safely enter and exit the pews - which are requirements mentioned in the SHA Guidelines for Places of Worship).  This is only 5.5% of the normal seating capacity of the church due to those two safety requirements.  

  • If we have very few single-person households and a large number of multi-person households, then we may be able to accommodate up to about 50 people safely (which is 8.3% of the normal seating capacity of the church).

 

Additional considerations that we need to take into account include:

  • the ages, needs, and vulnerabilities of the people attending

  • the number of people that the ushers and organizers are comfortable working with (based on experience), and that the ushers are able to implement the requirements mentioned in the SHA Guidelines for Places of Worship on a on a consistent basis (therefore, ushers must be approved  by Holy Child Parish and must have received the required training by the appointed Holy Child Parish staff member)

    • ushers need to be able to seat people in a safe, timely, and efficient manner

    • ushers need to ensure that people remain in their seat at all times (and not move around to other areas)  

    • ushers need to ensure that one-way traffic flow is maintained at all times. ushers need to promote a safe environment at all times by ensuring that households are maintaining the 2-meter distancing requirement at all times 

 

Based on the SHA Guidelines for Places of Worship, as well as the practical experience of implementing the SHA requirements over the past year, the seating capacity for each service at Holy Child will be as follows.  

  • When the church space is used:  40 people will be the usual seating capacity.  

    • If after mapping the seating plan, additional seats are available, it may be possible to increase the seating up to 10 additional people.  Before making this decision, it is important to ensure that the requirements of the public health order (and the SHA Guidelines of Places of Worship) are followed, including which households are able to associate with each other. 

  • When the hall chapel space is used:  20-30 people will be the usual seating capacity.

 

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