Wednesday evening, Bishop Mark Seitz announced that Churches within El Paso County may begin Phase 2 of the Diocesan Protocols for Church gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for a limited number of worshipers into churches throughout the area.
According to the diocese’s website, their overarching concern is that we do whatever we can to minimize opportunities for the virus to spread among our people their churches.
The guidelines under Phase 2 set the following guidelines for the houses of worship:
Churches where Disinfection and Social Distancing norms are strictly followed may resume gatherings at 25% capacity for Mass on weekdays, baptisms, weddings, funerals, Eucharistic exposition for 1–2 hours, and prayer during the day.
Sunday Masses remain suspended, however, in this phase.
According to the Diocese, this period will allow parishes to practice the Disinfection and Social Distancing norms, making them routine before the resumption of gatherings on Sundays.
Additionally during Phase 2, confessions, funerals, baptisms, first communions, weddings, quinceañeras, and confirmations may be celebrated according to the norms dictated in the Diocesan protocol for Church Gatherings.
Churches in the Diocese will continue to stream masses online with no more than 10 people in attendance on Sunday.
To review the Phases as set up by the Diocese of El Paso, click here. For general information on the diocese, click here.