The voice of a cantor is now permitted at Catholic Masses in the Edmonton Archdiocese, as parishes are given new guidelines following the easing of provincial COVID-19 guidelines on singing and music.
Singing by a choir, groups or the full congregation is not allowed at this time. And the COVID-19 risk must be managed with physical distancing and other health precautions.
The guidelines, sent by Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith to priests on Sept. 17, include ensuring physical distancing between the cantor, ministers or congregation, and sanitizing afterwards. Cantors must wear a mask, although it may be removed for singing.