COVID-19 Updated Guidance

Posted on May 28, 2021 in: General News

COVID-19 Updated Guidance

Per the Governor of Virginia’s Executive Order 79 (effective May 28, 2021), public health restrictions have ended in the Commonwealth, apart from continued guidance on mask wearing. 

  • Masks – Fully Vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in any setting. In addition, fully vaccinated people do not need to supply proof of vaccination.
  • Masks – Unvaccinated. All those who are unvaccinated or not-fully vaccinated ages 5 and older should cover their mouth and nose with a mask when present for any Mass or liturgical celebration. 
  • Social Distancing - All social distancing guidance has been lifted per Executive Order 79.

The Diocese of Richmond will be lifting the dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Days Mass and reinstating that obligation beginning on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and Sunday, June 27, 2021. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith (cf. Code of Canon Law, canon 1246-1247 and Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2180). This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus, another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions. Please consult Fr. Jim if questions arise about the obligation to attend Mass (Canon 1245 and the Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2181). 

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Reporting Abuse

Sexual Abuse Hotline: Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of our Diocese to notify civil authorities, call Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064 and reach out to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.