Guidance on Indoor and Outside Gatherings on Parish Grounds
Updated March 25, 2021
On March 22, Governor Baker released a new guideline for meetings in public spaces. Effective immediately, 100 people can gather for indoor meetings, and 150 people can gather for outdoor meetings.
In our case, meetings are things like faith formation, youth ministry, Bible studies, council meetings, support groups, and other like events.
This does not apply to worship – all of the previous guidelines still govern worship.
It should be emphasized that in these meetings:
- Six feet of distance must still be maintained between participants
- Masks must be worn covering the mouth and the nose
- Ventilation must be as thorough as possible
- Surfaces should be sanitized after the meeting
- Food should not be served
Athletic and Sporting Activities
At this time, use of parish facilities by third parties for athletic or sporting activities should not be permitted whether indoors or outdoors.
Staying Home If Ill
For any gathering, organizers must remind participants of the importance of staying home if they exhibit any signs of illness.
If a Participant is Diagnosed with COVID-19
If a participant later informs the group organizer that he or she tested positive for COVID-19, the group organizer should:
- Contact the Covid-19 team: firstname.lastname@example.org; hotline: 617-746-5750
- Inform the other participants who were present at the gathering. At the very least, participants should be told to monitor their own health, and if they show any symptoms, contact their own physicians
- Inform the local Department of Health
Outside Gatherings (Not Masses)
On March 22, Governor Baker released a new guideline for meetings in public spaces. Effective immediately, 150 people can gather for outdoor meetings.
- All participants must wear masks
- All participants must maintain six feet of distance.
- The distribution of food is not allowed.
The protocols for indoor Masses also apply to outdoor Masses, with the following exceptions:
- If attendees remain in the cars, they do not need to wear masks while they are in their cars. When the priest or minister comes to give them Communion, they must put on a mask.
- Taking temperatures outdoors can be unreliable, and therefore temperatures do not need to be taken for outdoor Masses.