New Covid Protocols For Liturgies In The Diocese of Reno
A parish is to review first the specific plan for its county before making changes in social distancing.
If a county allows for 100% occupancy without any requirement of social distancing, a parish may provide section(s) for 3 ft. distance and section(s) for 6 ft. This will allow parishioners to choose the section that satisfies their concern for safety.
The parish is to determine the size of the sections—3 ft. and 6 ft.—according to the needs of parishioners. If more parishioners decide to sit in the 6 ft. section, then obviously more space needs to be allocated for them. Conversely, if most sit in the 3 ft. section, then that section will accommodate their choice. Clearly, this seating arrangement will need to be monitored and changes made depending on comfort level along with the transmission rate of the virus, the percentage of vaccinations, and other factors.
Moving to 3 ft. while providing a 6 ft. section should provide a marked and welcome increase in attendance capacity.
If a county allows for 100% occupancy “with social distancing requirements” or “according to the CDC guidelines,” consult with the county on what this specifically means. If no definition is given, then a parish can proceed to implement #2 above. However, if a county states the requirements as the current 6 ft., then the parish follows this measure.
When the presider speaks at the chair, when at the ambo, and when at the altar, he may choose to take his mask off at these moments.
The same applies to deacons, lectors, and others when speaking from the ambo or podium.
Care must be taken for sanitation. At the altar, if the presider removes his mask, the elements for
Eucharist should be covered with a pall.
At all other times, masks are to be worn at Mass.
Each parish is to determine the method for informing people of possible exposure to the Coronavirus
that best suits its situation and its ability to communicate this information in an effective manner.
Sanitation and ventilation
There are no changes in our current provisions for sanitation and ventilation in our worship spaces.