Springfield Diocese will drop COVID-19 precautions on March 1st
Springfield Diocese will drop COVID-19 precautions on March 1st

Springfield Diocese will drop COVID-19 precautions on March 1st

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Follows the management of school districts and several cities,
Springfield Diocese will soon drop a number of their COVID-19 precautions.

From March 1, masks will be optional in Catholic churches in western Massachusetts. The decision to drop a number of COVID precautions comes as COVID cases continue to decline.

Associate professors, altar servants and choirs will be left without restrictions. Meetings and social gatherings start up again, and Helligvandsfonte is set up, depending on which parish you return to.

“We follow the health experts and we have our own consultants who we work with in-house, but at the same time we look at all the local health authorities and follow in their footsteps,” said Springfield Diocese Bishop William Byrne.

The precautions disappear just in time for Ash Wednesday, signaling a new chapter in the pandemic and the Catholic faith.

“It’s a visual sign that we’re returning to our best, which we should do spiritually,” Bishop Byrne told 22News.

Churches, both Catholic and Protestant, felt the effects of this pandemic, from precaution to attendance. However, Pastor Archbishop Timothy Paul of the Christian Cathedral said it brought about change, and in some ways for the better.

“We learned how to have a virtual church,” he said. “A church that united both people who were both in the chairs and in bed at the same time. This has been the new experience, and it’s a new reality, and I think the churches are excited to continue with both now. ”

Although the Catholic Church will not require masks, be sure to check your local regulations.

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