CrossRoads Church made the decision to cancel in-house services for two weeks after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
In addition to the positive test for a staff member, several other people are showing COVID-19 symptoms and have required testing.
Senior Pastor Dan Cochrane announced the cancellation in a video posted to the church’s website on Nov. 27 and said that services would be cancelled on both Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.
Cochrane said that they had taken an abundance of caution in the weeks leading up to the COVID-19 test and thought closing the doors for two weeks would be the best way to limit the spread of the virus.
“We think it is prudent and wise because we don’t want to pass the virus on to anybody and practical because we need the staff to do what we do well and we don’t have a full complement of staff,” Cochrane said.
On Nov. 24, the provincial government mandated that places of worship limit in-person attendance to one-third of capacity under the Alberta Fire Code. Mask use is also mandatory in those facilities and physical distancing between households is required.