New Saftey Guidelines
As you know, this past week the State of Massachusetts has stated, “As of May 29, masks are no longer required for vaccinated people in the State of Massachusetts. The State does advise that non-vaccinated people continue to wear masks.” This is certainly news that gives us hope that the end of the pandemic is very near. After much dialogue, the Archdiocese of Boston has asked parishes to communicate the following safety protocols, effective May 29, 2021:
· Facemasks are no longer required for vaccinated people in Massachusetts. However, Massachusetts does advise that non-vaccinated people continue to wear masks.
· Every person should be respected for their personal decision on wearing a mask or not.
· Some will be ready to take off their facemasks and sit near others, and there will be those who are not. Your comfort and safety are important to us!
· For this reason, pews in the upper church, located along the sidewalls, will be set aside for those who feel more comfortable wearing masks and keeping safe-distancing. These will be clearly marked and safety guides will assist you in finding your preferred section.
· Clergy and Eucharistic Ministers will continue to wear facemasks as they distribute communion.
· We will continue to process safely around the church.
· We will continue to disinfect the doors and pews once per day.
· The dispensation from the obligation for coming to Sunday Mass has not yet been lifted, and even when it is, if you are feeling ill you should remain at home.
· We will continue to live stream our 12:10 pm weekday Mass and the 10 a.m. and noon Sunday Mass.
· Feel free to continue to wear masks as long as you like, and you will be respected if you choose to do so.