Churches To Be Partially Reopened By Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Virginia is expected to allow places of worship to reopen at half their normal capacity, as long as local jurisdictions agree starting May 15. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is planning additional measures to keep people safe from the coronavirus. Bishop Michael Burbidge said in a video message Friday, “The use of face coverings and hand sterilization are recommended as a critical part of our gradual reintegration”.

According to wtop.com, “A reintegration working group made up of pastors, medical experts, public health professionals, and others is helping him decide what other changes or restrictions will be needed. More details will be released next week. “Diocesan guidelines will include limiting the number of persons allowed per mass, maintaining social distance, and providing for an active cleaning schedule,” Burbidge said. He cautioned that the ability to partly reopen churches and celebrate mass may vary from parish to parish.”

As per wtop.com, “Parishioners who are 60 years old and older and those with underlying health conditions are being asked to consider staying home because they are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Since churches will not yet be able to fully reopen, parishes will be asked to continue to livestream mass. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington comprises parishes in several counties in Virginia.”

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