As of May 29, 2021, all COVID-19-related occupancy restrictions on businesses have been lifted for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, per the guidance of Governor Baker’s office. There are no restrictions from the archdiocese on parish activities at this time, though parishes are encouraged to delay or suspend in-person gatherings for faith formation and youth ministry until after October 1, 2021.
Masking and distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals are lifted, with certain exceptions. As of August 27, 2021, many municipalities within the Archdiocese of Boston are now requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors in public places, following the Department of Public Health’s mask advisory. If the local community has that requirement, the parishes in that community must comply. Note that in the City of Boston, houses of worship have been exempted from that mandate. Parishes in the City of Boston are encouraged, but not required, to mandate masks.
All parishes are mandated to have clearly marked, clearly communicated, and clearly enforced areas of the Church for people who want to wear masks and be sitting only near people who are wearing masks. Pastors should clearly communicate the state advisory that all unvaccinated people are advised to wear masks indoors and encourage (but not require) all participants in Parish activities to wear masks.
For detailed information about protocol during this time, see our latest reopening protocols.