Registrar’s Directive: Option for BAO licensees – COVID-19 distancing and capacity limits are not required if all patrons provide proof of vaccination
As of Monday, Oct. 25, Bereavement Authority of Ontario licensees can choose to be exempt from the COVID-19 two-metre physical distancing and capacity requirements if they opt to require proof of full vaccination for all patrons.
BAO licensees can choose to remove the distancing requirement and capacity limits at their premises, or any location where a funeral service is held, only if these conditions are met:
- All patrons must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and identification prior to entering
- Signs must be posted at all entrances to the premises, in a location clearly visible to patrons, informing them that proof of vaccination is required in order to enter the location
Still required are:
- Wearing a mask or face covering
- Logging of attendees for contact tracing and passive screening (meaning have COVID signage at the entrance for guests to self-assess)
Here’s a link to the Government of Ontario’s new
COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons)
If not participating in this option, capacity limits, physical distancing and all other measures must be followed.
This Registrar’s Directive corresponds to the Government of Ontario’s Friday afternoon announcement.
Here are two government regulations related to this directive:
- Order in Council (PDF)
Please note –
“Opt-in re: proof of vaccination, exceptions to capacity limits, etc.
- Ontario Regulation 364/20 – General Rules at Step 3
–Carey Smith, CEO & Registrar