Mask Mandate Lifted 2-28-22
As of February 28, masks will no longer be required at public Masses
in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are no longer required to wear masks during the distribution of Communion, but the pastor may continue to require it if he wishes to do so. Masks will also not be required in Parish Faith Formation programs as of February 28. If a pastor decides that it is not yet time in his community for a dropping of a mask requirement, based on his knowledge of the needs of his particular community, he may continue to require the wearing of masks in his parish. If the local municipality continues to require the wearing of masks in public places, the parish must comply with those regulations.
Parishes are still required to maintain, mark, and communicate a portion of each worship space as being reserved for those who wish to wear masks and social distance.Parishes are also encouraged to continue to exercise and encourage caution in all parish activities.
1-6-21 Update: Archdiocese of Boston:
Face Mask Requirements
From the Archdiocese of Boston Pandemic Response Team:
In the light of the continued growth in the numbers of new COVID cases, Cardinal Seán is extending the current mask mandate.
It is mandated that that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This is an extension of the mandate currently in effect, and expires on Thursday, March 3, 2022, which is the day after Ash Wednesday.
Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, servers, choir members, and instrumentalists, must all wear masks except when they are speaking.
Children under the age of five are not required to wear masks. Children under the age of two should not wear masks.
In addition, all churches will continue to provide a designated area in which social distancing is respected for those who want to use it.
December 13, 2021 Update
Archdiocese Mask Requirement