Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese announces mass mask mandate effective December 18 – Boston 25 News

BOSTON – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it will reinstate a mask mandate for all public masses, including weddings and funerals, beginning Saturday, December 18.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley issued the warrant, “in light of the growing number of new COVID cases and the likely increase in those numbers over the upcoming holiday season.”

Children under 5 are not required to wear masks, while the Archdiocese has clarified that those under two should not.

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“Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, waiters, choir members and instrumentalists should all wear masks except when speaking,” the church statement read.

“Parishes should have masks available to people where possible, as some people who attend Christmas especially may not expect to need masks.”

The mandate expires on January 17, 2021.

Cardinal O’Malley issued a statement regarding the mandate:

“Over the past two years, the people we serve have benefited greatly from the fact that our priests, laity and parishioners have made safety a priority. With the recognition of recent increases in COVID, we believe this policy will provide a significant and improved level of security during the coming Masses of the Christmas season. We continue to encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated. With care and concern for our parishioners and the community at large, we believe it is important to make additional efforts to limit the exposure and transmission of this deadly virus. “

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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