Support Groups Using Parish Space
Support Group Gatherings Allowed
On March 22, Governor Baker released a new guideline for meetings in public spaces. Effective immediately, 100 people can gather for indoor meetings, including support groups. Please adhere to the following regulations:
- Attendees who are not part of the same immediate household must be seated at least 6 feet apart
- Face masks must be worn covering the mouth and nose
- Ventilation must be as thorough as possible
- Signs must be posted reminding attendees of social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and staying home if feeling ill
- Group organizer is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting before and after the meeting according to CDC protocols
As of April 16, 2021:
- Prepackaged food and drink may be used at parish functions.
- There should still not be coffee and donut type gatherings after Mass.
- After picking up their pre-packaged food or drink, people should proceed immediately to the place where they are eating.
- Coffee should not be served.
- Particular care should be taken to be sure that people are distanced while consuming their food or drink.
- Masks should be worn at all times except when a person is particularly eating or drinking – this should not in any way be seen as a way to get around wearing masks.
- The space in which this is happening should be ventilated as highly as possible, and outside is certainly safer than inside.
- Any group that is serving food in any way at a parish function must have the direct permission of the pastor, and the pastor has absolute discretion to decide if this is appropriate or can be done safely. Many pastors may well choose not to allow this at this time.