COVID 19 Updates

Archdiocese Updates

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COPTIC ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE
ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO
ASSEMBLY OF ARCHDIOCESE PRIESTS

Toronto, March 21, 2020
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.
Dear Members of the Churches of the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of Toronto,
In the context of the exceptional global situation, citing the declarations by the
WHO which brings to light the rapid spreading of the Covid-19 throughout the
whole world, the permanent committee of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox
Church convened and decided the following:
+ Close all churches and suspend all liturgical services, Liturgies and activities.
+ Close condolence halls and limit any funeral to the family of the deceased.
+ Prevent all visits to monasteries and convents.
+ This resolution is effective today Saturday, March 21st for at least two weeks or
until further notice.
The declaration quotes our Lord Jesus Christ: You shall not tempt the LORD
your God.’ (Matthew 4:7), appealing to the Copts in Egypt and abroad not to
ignore the current crisis and to commit to the measures announced by
responsible authorities, to avoid being a cause of harm to others.
The declaration goes on to call on all to raise their prayers and supplications in
all places, that God may hear us, have mercy on us and lift away this tribulation,
granting us healing, peace, and blessing.
In the love and care of Christ,

The Priests of the Toronto Archdiocese141 Bond Ave. No:th York, Ontario M3B 1M1 Canada

Web: www.stgr.org
Tel: 416 447 0108
Fax: 416 447 0730

COPTIC ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE
ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO
ASSEMBLY OF ARCHDIOCESE PRIESTS

Greater Toronto Area, March 13, 2020

In order to limit the spread of any seasonal viral infections, including Coronavirus, please take the following precautions for your own safety and the safety of others:

  1. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have any flu symptoms i.e. fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
  2. Stay home and self-monitor for at least 14 days after returning to Canada from one of the announced countries where COVID-19 is spreading.
  3. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  4. Maintain social distance. Try to avoid shake hands, hugs and kisses.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  7. Use your own mouth veils or napkins for communion and for the ladies their own head coverings.
  8. Use plastic disposable cups to drink water after communion and dispose them after use to prevent someone else from using them by mistake, or, even better, bring your own water bottle.
  9. Keep sanitized wipes with you and clean all frequently touched surface and objects such as doorknobs, counter-tops, faucet handles and phones, before touching them.
  10. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada. For more information and current updates on Coronavirus please visit Government of Canada-Public Health Services Website

THE ASSEMBLY OF PRIESTS
COPTIC ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO