Diocese Of Pittsburgh Churches To Stay Open, But Restrictions Will Be In Place

Shawn Digity
July 02, 2020 - 8:02 pm

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    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Further mitigation restrictions on restaurants and bars in Allegheny County have been implemented.

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    Churches, as of now, are still open.

    But Bishop Dabvid Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is imploring regular churchgoers to think twice before attending mass.

    “As pastor of the Church of Pittsburgh, I tend to the spiritual health of the faithful in our diocese, but during these times, I also am called to make decisions to protect the physical health of those in our community,” Bishop Zubik said. 

    “These are challenging, and frustrating times. 

    “Let us call on Jesus to help us focus on Him and His love for us during this storm.” 

    With increases in COVID-19 cases in the county, a new weeklong restriction has been placed on bars, restaurants, and casinos starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 3.

    The mandate also encourages self-imposed stay-at-home protocol but will not be enforced.

    The order officially says that it “does not apply to religious gatherings held by churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, or other places of worship. Religious institutions remain subject to any requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.”

    With that, the decision to keep churches open or closed is being left to the individual pastors.

    While churches can remain open, there are mandates that must be followed: mask wearing, social distancing, and appropriate cleaning and sanitizing practices.

    Any members of the church that are feeling ill are urged to stay at home.

    The Diocese of Pittsburgh will still offer digital masses and “spiritual resources” on their website.

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