St. John’s Cemetery

COVID-19 Update

March 28th, 2020

Update from St. John’s cemetery during COVID-19

These are unprecedented times, but we are here to provide any needs arising due to the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 crises. Our cemetery is deemed as an essential workplace.

We do have to adhere to the following directive from the Premier of Ontario as outlined below. We remain empathetic and sensitive to the needs of those requiring our services during this crisis.  We will do everything within the parameters of this directive to support you.

Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) Registrar’s Directive

As of March 24th, 2020, all cemeteries in Ontario are directed to open their cemeteries and be available for interments immediately, or as soon as possible if restricted by ground conditions.

As of March 28th, 2020, in keeping with the Premier’s order; the maximum number of people who can attend a funeral or visitation in one room at one time is 10 or fewer.  Funerals, visitations, celebrations and any other gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people. This is an emergency measure ordered by the Registrar of the Funeral Burial and Cremation Service Act 2002. 

This number must be lower if the room cannot allow people to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet) apart from each other at all times, to a maximum of 10 people in one room. The maximum is 10 whether you are outside or inside.

These measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure safety for families and staff. It is our goal to serve families while protecting them and staff.

For further information please go to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario website www.thebao.ca  

 If we receive new guidelines from the government or the Anglican diocese, we will be implementing them.