UPDATED COVID19 INFORMATION as of June 9, 2021
As the situation continues to develop, the time has come to modify somewhat the directives that the churches of the Archdiocese of Hartford have been operating under as concerns COVID-19. Effective Wednesday, June 9, 2021, for those who are vaccinated, wearing masks will now be optional while at Mass, at other liturgies, and at any indoor or outdoor events held at our churches. Those who remain unvaccinated should continue to wear masks, with particular attention being given to the safety of young, unvaccinated children. Also, for now, ministers who are distributing Holy Communion should continue to follow the directives that have been previously issued, including wearing a mask and sanitizing prior to distribution.
New Directives for Liturgies in Churches of the Archdiocese of Hartford
May 10, 2021
In light of recent developments from the civil authorities regarding COVID-19 measures,
Archbishop Blair is pleased to announce two things:
- As of May 19, 2021, the COVID-19 restrictions and procedures first implemented on May
27, 2020, in the document Opening Churches For Public Worship In The Archdiocese Of
Hartford are hereby revoked.
- As of Saturday, May 22, 2021, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass
in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will no longer be in force.
Therefore, as of the weekend of Pentecost Sunday (May 22/23), there is an obligation once again
to participate at Mass. However, since the risk of infection, though diminished, still remains, the
following individuals may very legitimately decide not yet to attend church: those suffering from
serious pre-existing conditions making them more susceptible to COVID-19; those who are ill or
homebound or who are caregivers in close contact with someone who is; those who have tested
positive for any contagious disease, including COVID-19; and those who are in quarantine due to
exposure to any contagion, or who reside with someone who is quarantined.
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