COVID-19 Update (11-19-21)
With the increasing rise in COVID-19 and flu cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will be issuing a face mask advisory and offering guidance to keep loved ones safe and prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses during the holidays.
MDHHS will issue a Public Health Advisory that recommends everyone over the age of 2 should wear a face mask at indoor gatherings regardless of their vaccination status. In addition, establishments should implement a policy to ensure that all persons entering or seeking services, including employees, wear a mask. This face mask advisory will remain effect until further notice.
To help reduce exposure to COVID-19 and the flu virus:
- The diocese continues to strongly encourage that all parishioners and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in the diocesan and parish offices, during Masses, and indoor public gatherings.
- Masks are required to be worn by those distributing Holy Communion.
The following guidance should also continue to be observed:
- If possible, establish an area where social distancing may be observed during Mass; and
- Hang signage indicating that mask wearing and social distancing is encouraged.
All diocesan Pastoral Center employees and visitors are asked to wear a mask when not seated at their desk. It is recommended that parishes do the same as they are able.
The diocese will continue to monitor the CDC and MDHHS sites and update you on any recommendations or orders.