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New Faith-Gathering Restrictions | November 18, 2020

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

New Faith-Gathering Restrictions | November 18, 2020

Please leave a message with the parish office if you plan on attending mass. Leave your names, how many will be in your family, which mass and your phone number. Your name will be registered and placed on the list. When you enter the church from the side entrance only, you will be asked to sanitize your hands. You must wear a mask at all times during the mass. 

For the Thanksgiving mass, 25 people (this includes the presider, the lector and the musician) will be allowed in church with another 25 in Carvlin Hall with the live-stream of the mass. You will be able to live-stream the Thanksgiving Day mass at home as well. 

As we near Christmas and dependent on the restrictions in place, we will provide updated information. In the meantime, the Christmas mass schedule is listed on this website. Thank you and be safe, stay well. 

 

November 16, 2020

Governor Brown and state health officials have announced additional statewide restrictions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This two-week “freeze” begins Wednesday, Nov. 18 and applies to all faith communities in all counties in all phases. Multnomah County will be on a four-week “freeze.” 

Statewide: Faith gatherings must not exceed 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors. Physical distancing of 6 feet and wearing of face coverings are still mandated. These directives apply to all faith gatherings, regardless of where the gathering is being held, including in-home faith gatherings. 

Multiple faith gatherings (use of satellite locations on the same campus) are still permitted if there are:

  • Separate entrances and exits
  • No shared facilities such as bathrooms
  • No shared spaces such as hallways & foyers
  • Separate enclosed spaces

These new restrictions go into effect this Wednesday, November 18. The order is in place until December 2; however, it may be extended in "hotspot" counties. You can read the  full order here. 
  
Because of the spike in cases, Archbishop Sample will remain observant of the Governor’s new restrictions. Nevertheless, he is disappointed and frustrated with the requirements, especially because spread of the disease has not been happening in Catholic churches. We are continuing to advocate with the Governor’s Office about her rationale for further limiting faith gatherings, and we are pushing for expansion of gathering sizes to a percentage of capacity unless and until there is clear evidence the disease is being spread at concerning levels through faith gatherings where congregants are adhering to the protocols. 
In the meantime and until further notice, all parishes must remain strictly observant of the directives in place: 

  • Maximum of 25 people indoors for all faith gatherings (50 outdoors)
  • Masks are strictly required throughout all faith gatherings (in accord with our current, diocesan protocols and legal requirements)
  • Physical distancing must be strictly maintained (also in accord with our current protocols and legal requirements)

Parishes need not cancel any planned faith gatherings or activities so long as they meet the new restrictions.  

If you have any questions about the new restrictions, please let me know. Thank you in advance for your good work and cooperation in implementing the new restrictions as we continue to navigate this pandemic. With a new vaccine in production, it looks like the good Lord has heard our prayers, and we will begin to see relief in the coming months. 
  
Sincerely in Christ, 
  
Todd Cooper 
Chair, COVID-19 Response Team 
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon 
tcooper@archdpdx.org 
w503-233-8386 

  

This document provides information pertaining to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OR-OSHA) final “Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks,” which became effective today, Nov. 16. The purpose of this rule is to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19. Please note that the following measures are ongoing and in effect until May 4, 2021.

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