Guidelines and safety measures as of May 4th

Original post date: 4/25/20

With the governor’s decision to ease some restrictions on public gatherings beginning Monday, May 4th, groups are now permitted to gather for the celebration of liturgies while maintaining appropriate social distancing. These guidelines are subject to change in the event of new instructions from local or state health officials.

Please note:

  • The dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation remains in force.
  • Gatherings are limited to the Sacred Liturgy, so all forms of public liturgy in churches are permitted.
  • All other parish and school activities remain restricted, including after-Mass gatherings such as coffee and rolls, funeral luncheons, wedding receptions, etc.
  • Social distancing is to be maintained within each church.
  • The following should be encouraged to remain home:
    • The elderly
    • People with underlying medical conditions
    • Family members who live with elderly people or those who are at risk
    • People who have access to those at risk in nursing institutions
    • People who have upper respiratory or flu like symptoms
    • People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu like symptoms
    • People with COVID-19 or live with someone with COVID-19
    • People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Please consult your pastor for guidance and questions specific to your parish community.