Archbishop says public Mass in DC, Maryland suburbs can resume with restrictions today

Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory has announced that Mass can resume in the region starting today – but with restrictions.

Mass were shut down in March in accordance with restrictions put in place as the D.C. region tried to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But starting today, parishes in the District, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County can resume celebrating Mass with a limit of 10 people, including clergy.

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According to the Catholic Standard, while parishes are permitted to resume celebrating Mass, pastors are given discretion to do so, and may wait until they can allow for greater numbers.

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In May, parishes in Southern Maryland – including St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties were permitted to hold Mass as long as they did not exceed 50 percent capacity.

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The Archdiocese is making the following recommendations for those attending Mass:

- Social distance

- Wear face coverings

- Use hand sanitizer when entering the church

- Follow protocols for communion

- Follow predetermined routes for moving about

- Physical contact – even during the Sign of Peace – is not permitted

Additional details are available on The Catholic Standard website, and on the Diocesan website.