In light of the CDC’s May 13th advisory for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and in light of recent actions by local health authorities, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is rescinding its previous COVID liturgical policy (dated April 6, 2021) and replacing it with the directives below.
Here is a short summary of those directives:
Anyone (whether vaccinated or not) with a cough or fever, or who may otherwise be feeling sick, should still remain home.
Masks or face coverings are now optional at public liturgies. Health authorities recommend that unvaccinated individuals still wear masks.
Strict social distancing is no longer required in churches. Mass-goers are encouraged to leave some open space within pews between households and individuals, as a courtesy.
The distribution of the Precious Blood to the people remains suspended.
It is recommended that those distributing Holy Communion continue to wear masks while doing so.
It is encouraged that the sign of peace resume whenever possible, but still with non-physical contact out of respect for those who would prefer that approach.