MIAMI | After giving permission for churches in the Keys to resume the public celebration of Masses effective May 18, 2020, Archbishop Thomas Wenski has told pastors in Miami-Dade and Broward counties that they can resume public Masses beginning May 26 — the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
The first Sunday Masses with congregations will be celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the weekend of May 30-31.
The restrictions for Mass-goers were outlined by the archbishop in his letter to the faithful and in a separate message to priests.
- All worshipers need to wear face masks and remove them only when receiving Communion. Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion will wear face masks while distributing Communion but not while they are at the altar or preaching.
- Capacity in the churches is based on social/physical distancing of six feet per person/family or approximately 25-30% of normal capacity. Pastors may schedule additional Masses, have overflow rooms or create some kind of “reservation system” to accommodate those who want to come to Mass.
- Social or physical distancing also will be observed while entering and leaving the church and lining up for Communion.
- Communion will not be given under both species; only under the form of bread. “I am not mandating Communion only in the hand — as Communion on the tongue if done properly doesn’t involve touching the communicant or his/her tongue,” the archbishop told his priests.
- The faithful are not to hold hands while reciting the Lord’s Prayer, nor will they exchange the Sign of Peace.
- There will be no offertory procession with gifts; no holy water at the entrances; and offertory baskets will not be passed around.
- Hymnals and missalettes will not be provided. Parishioners can bring their own or access Scripture readings by an app.
- Hand sanitizers should be available at church entrances and church surfaces (including pews, door handles and bathrooms) should be wiped down with disinfectant between Masses.
- Other parish activities and meetings (other than virtual meetings) remain suspended.
(Read full text at Archdiocese of Miami's website)