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:

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: 

–Carey Smith, CEO & Registrar