In order to keep the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore up-to-date regarding our efforts to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Diocese of Wilmington has set up this webpage.
COVID-19 Guidance for the Diocese of Wilmington Effective January 6, 2022
In response to the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, particularly the Omicron variant, the Diocese of Wilmington is issuing new COVID-19 protocols for all parishes effective January 6, 2022.
• Clergy and volunteers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
• Clergy and Liturgical ministers at all parishes are encouraged to wear masks, except when speaking publicly.
• Parishes are to encourage all attendees to be masked while attending Mass.
• Mass attendees over the age of 5 who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 must wear a mask.
o No parish should be checking the vaccine status of those attending Mass, but rely on the individual’s compliance with these guidelines
• Ministries and non-liturgical parish activities should be carefully evaluated and, if possible, held virtually or with limited contact.
o This effort includes third-party use of facilities, such as Scouts, community groups, etc.
o Parishes should consider rescheduling in-person social gatherings scheduled for January or February to later in the year.
• Parishes should carefully evaluate the safety of continuing with choirs.
o If parishes determine the choir can safely perform, then their use should continue.
o If a parish deems it unwise to continue with choirs, then only a single cantor should be used.
• Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must carefully adhere to proper hand sanitization following the distribution of communion on the tongue.
• Parishes may continue to make holy water available in fonts.
• Filled hand sanitizing dispensers should be available at entrances.
• Clergy should be mindful about social distancing and hand shaking when greeting parishioners before and after Mass.
• Parishes may wish to consider devoting a section of the pews for those who would prefer socially distanced seating, reserving every other pew, etc.
• Each parish should effectively communicate safety measures to parishioners and visitor
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has issued new COVID guidelines regarding isolation and
quarantine. The Diocese of Wilmington will adhere to these guidelines in parish and diocesan schools. CLICK HERE.
How are Catholic schools in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore keeping students safe? Read the Superintendent’s memo to parents here.
Maryland Bishops encourage use of the COVID vaccine. Details here.
Sunday Mass is live-streamed from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington, Delaware, every Sunday morning at 9:30 on the Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube Channel. Watch it live, or as a replay at www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm
For information from the State of Delaware, click here.
For information from the State of Maryland, click here.
Visit this page often for updates.