Coronavirus Resources and Information
Capacity Limits – Phase 3
Updated October 9, 2020
Yesterday Governor Lamont issued Executive Order No. 9F amending previous Executive Orders concerning limitations on religious gatherings as the State moves into phase three (3) of its reopening plan. Accordingly, the limitations for all religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings currently in effect are as follows:
“Effective on October 8, 2020, Executive Order No. 7TT, Section 2 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 200 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 unlike previous Executive Orders issued by the Governor, this order states that it will “take effect immediately and remain in effect until November 9, 2020.” We will inform you of any changes or subsequent Executive Orders on this topic as we receive notice of them.
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 Public Worship to Resume in the Diocese of Norwich
Updated June 19, 2020
Today the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, announced that parishes of the Diocese of Norwich may resume the public celebration of Sunday Mass beginning the weekend of July 4 and 5.
The limitation on gatherings for religious worship, as amended by Executive Order No. 7SS of Governor Lamont, remains in effect. By this order, indoor gatherings are limited to 25% of capacity of the indoor space or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is smaller. These limits presume strict adherence to social distancing guidelines which require six (6) feet of distance between individuals and households. Therefore, given the size and layout of different churches, the physical capacity for a particular building may, in reality, be lower than the stated numerical limits.
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 review the video below before returning to Church
Shared Responsibility Video
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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