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Parishes around the Diocese of Syracuse resumed public Masses May 30 and 31, the first public liturgies celebrated since Bishop Douglas J. Lucia suspended them March 16 amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bishop Douglas J. Lucia today released protocols for sanitizing, social distancing, and crowd size as he approved resumption of public Masses in the Syracuse Diocese beginning May 30 and 31, the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Public Masses in the diocese have been suspended since March 16 and New York has been under stay-at-home orders since March 22 as the coronavirus pandemic spread. After eight weeks of shutdown, however, regions across the state are beginning to reopen.
Some New York businesses have restarted operations after eight weeks of state-at-home orders, but Bishop Douglas J. Lucia says the diocese cannot yet resume public Masses. “We’re trying to balance the health of neighbor with people’s desire again to come together for worship,” he said.