Boston Archdiocese Mask Mandate Effective Ahead Of Christmas Celebrations


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A new mask mandate for all Boston parishes took effect on Saturday, one week before the Christmas holiday.

In response to the latest spike of Covid-19 cases, Archbishop of Boston Seàn O’Malley is mandating that people wear facemasks while attending mass throughout the archdiocese. This includes weddings and funerals. The mandate took effect the weekend of December 18/19 and will expire on January 17, 2022.

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Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, servers, choir members and instrumentalists should all wear masks except when they are speaking. Children under the age of 5 are not required to wear masks.

In addition, the Archdiocese is asking that all churches continue providing a designated area for people wishing to practice social distancing. Parishes should also have as many masks available as possible as some people may not expect having to wear them for Christmas and Christmas Eve mass.

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More information on updates and resources can be found online.

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