Coronavirus Resources and Information
Capacity Limits Phase 2.1
Updated November 6, 2020
Yesterday afternoon Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order No. 9K amending previous Executive Orders concerning limitations on religious gatherings as the State moves back to phase 2.1 of its reopening plan. Accordingly, the limitations for all religious, spiritual and worship gatherings currently in effect are as follows:
“Executive Order No. 7TT, Section 2, as amended by Executive Order No. 9F, Section 1, is amended to provide that religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings, if held indoors, are limited to no more than 50 percent of the building’s capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower, and such services, if held outdoors, are limited to the number of people that can be accommodated safely by the venue or location, provided that all persons present wear masks, unless speaking from designated safe locations, and that a distance of 6 feet is maintained between all persons or groups not from the same household.”
Please note that this order took effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning and remains in effect until further modified or terminated by the Governor. Any weddings, baptisms and memorial services will fall under the same restrictions but we have been advised by the Governor’s Office that, while not presently in any Executive Order, post ceremony gatherings on church grounds will be limited to 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors.
Distribution of Holy Communion During Mass
Updated August 6, 2020
Effective immediately, Holy Communion may be distributed to the faithful who wish to receive at the usual time during the Mass, i.e., immediately following the Celebrant.
The faithful are reminded:
- To exercise reverential caution when lowering their face masks and receiving Holy Communion, particularly those who receive in the hand. We have received numerous complaints and reports from priests that the Eucharist is being dropped on the floor as people try to receive. It may be helpful to lower your face mask before the Eucharist is placed in your hands.
- To be mindful of others and maintain appropriate social distance when leaving the church following the conclusion of Mass. This is particularly important in places that are restricted in the doors used in exiting.
Sunday Obligation Remains Dispensed
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain dispensed for all the faithful in the Diocese of Norwich until further notice.
- Because space is limited, parishioners who are able to attend a Weekday Mass are encouraged, out of charity for their neighbor, to consider doing so in lieu of a Sunday Mass.
- Parishes are being encouraged to continue with live-streaming liturgies for those faithful who cannot or may not feel comfortable attending in person.
- The elderly, those in vulnerable populations or with underlying health conditions, and those experiencing any symptoms of illness are asked to follow the most up to date health regulations and guidelines and remain home.
Please consult your local parish websites, bulletins, and social media or call your parish office for the most up-to-date information.
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