Bishop: Churches in Brooklyn and Queens to return to full capacity this weekend

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, announced that all Catholic churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens are able to return to full capacity starting May 22.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2021, 6:02 PM

Updated 1,056 days ago

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, announced that all Catholic churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens are able to return to full capacity starting May 22.
New York state relaxed many COVID-19 restrictions due to lower rates of infection and higher numbers of vaccinations. The changes made follow recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"So our doors are open, we're welcoming people back and it's a great and joyous day for the churches in Brooklyn and Queens." says Diocese of Brooklyn Bishop Raymond Chappetto.
The Brooklyn Diocese mentioned that social distancing and wearing a mask will be required for those who aren't vaccinated.
Other practices like communion will continue to serve bread only, and collection baskets will go back to how it was before COVID.
The Diocese of Brooklyn says it is "relying on the honesty of the faithful as to their vaccination status."
Some churchgoers, however, say they do not feel comfortable returning just yet.
"I'm not quite sure that it's a smart idea, but I think people need to judge for themselves," said Saskia Cheffer, of Prospect Park.
The diocese encourages anyone who feels sick to continue worshipping from home as many local churches are still providing the option of watching Mass online.
Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of New York tells News 12 that it will also be at full capacity, with space reserved for those who are unvaccinated or still uncomfortable despite being vaccinated to attend Mass and stay socially distant.


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