Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh plans to lift mask mandate

NEWS 4 JOURNALIST KALEA GUNDERSON TALKS ABOUT CHANGES IMPACTING STUDENTS AND PARISHIONE.RS KALEA? KALEA: IN JUST LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL AT ETH PITTSBURGH AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND SAFETY MEASURES WILL BE CHANGED. SOME PARENTS TELL ME IT’S TIME FOR THIS TO HAPPEN, OTHERS WILL PREFER THAT MASKS CONTINUE TO BE MANDATORY FOR THE MOMENT. TWO YEARS INTO THIS PANDEMIC — >> DEFINITELY HARD. IT STARTED MY 8TH GRADE. KALEA:TA THIS MASKING IS A SECOND POINT, NATURTOE SOME, BUT SOON IT WILL BE OPTIONAL. >> IT WILL BE EXCITING, NEW, BUT DEFINITELY VERY SCARY. KAA:LE THE CATHOLIC DIOCESOFE OF PITTSBURGH RELAXING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN SCHOOLS, STARTING FEBRUARY 28. CHRISTEY BROWN LEANED ON HER TWO CHILDREN. >> IT’S GOOD FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE A CHOICE. IF THEY WANT TO WEAR ONE, GREAT, IF IT’S NOT A GOOD DEAL. KAA:THE BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK SAID IN A STATEMENT: “GRX, FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, LEADERS OF OUR PARISHES AND SCHOOLS HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, EACH OTHER AND OUR COMMUNITY FROM COVID-19. WE HAVE LEARNED TO CREATE SAFE ENVIRONMENTS AND TO QUICKLY ADAPT WHEN OUTBREAKS REQUIRE US TO EXERCISE ISGREATER CAIO”UT ON THE 26TH, THESE CHANGES WILL TAKE EFFECT IN PARISHES BUT MASS WILL CONTINUE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE. THE GRANDPARENT OF A CENTRAL CATHOLIC STUDENT, HENRY ST EPHENS, SAYS THESE CHANGES COME TOO SOON. >> I THINK WE ALL NEED TO WEAR MASKS UNTIL WE GET THIS MONSTER OUT OF HERE. KALEA: UNIVERSAL MASKING IN SCHOOLS STILL RECOMMENDED BY C.CD >> I THI WNKE SHOULD DO WHAT THE AUTHORITIES SAY WE MUST DO BECAUSE THEY KNOW BE.ST IN TWO WEEKS STEITZ EXPECTS SHE WOULD ALWAYS CHOOSE TO WEAR A MASK AT SCHOOL. >> THINK I WILL PROBABLY DO IT FOR A TIME BECAUSE I’M STILL A LITTLE DIFFICULT AND DON’T WANT TO WEAR MY MASK BECAUSE IT’S JUST LIKE SAFETY CAREFUL THG. AT KALEA: THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO THESE CHANGES. STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS THIS IS REQUIRED BY LAW. WHEN A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK FOR FIVE DAYS AFTER COMPLETING QUARANTINE. THE BISHOP SAYS THEY WILL KEEP A

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will update mask requirements in schools and parishes

Beginning Saturday, February 26 in parishes and in diocesan elementary and secondary schools on Monday, February 28, masks will no longer be required except in limited circumstances.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Tuesday that it will take preliminary steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions in schools and parishes. not be necessary except in limited circumstances. At this point, masking is second nature to Keira Steitz, a sophomore at Oakland Catholic High School. “It will be exciting, new, but definitely very scary,” Steitz said. “I think I’ll probably wait a bit because I’m still a little unsure that I don’t want to wear my mask.” Christey Brown, a parent of two children in diocesan schools, said it was time the restrictions were lifted. “It’s good for everyone to have a choice,” Brown said. “If they want to wear one, great. If not, that’s okay.” Henry Stephens, a grandparent of a student at Central Catholic High School, said these changes came too soon. get that monster out of here,” Stephens said. “I think we should do what the authorities say we should do because they know best.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends universal masking in schools. “For more than two years, the leaders of our parishes and schools have worked diligently to protect themselves, each other, and our community from COVID-19,” Bishop David Zubik said in a press release. “We have learned to create safe environments and adapt quickly when outbreaks require us to exercise greater caution. We thank God that local infections have declined and pray that our anticipated adjustments will be the first of many.” steps towards resuming the ways of worship and learning that we have all missed so much. Parishioners will again be invited to share the sign of peace Laity may present the gifts of bread and wine used for the consecration The distribution of the Précie ux Blood of the Cup remains suspended for the time being. All parish events outside of Mass can take place in person. Live streaming options for Mass and activities will continue for those unable to attend in person. As of Monday, February 28 for schools, masks will no longer be required. However, masking will continue on school buses as required by federal law. Masks will also be required for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for five days after returning to work or school. The diocese said the number of new cases of COVID-19 has been steadily decreasing in our region and has been decreasing in parishes and diocesan schools. “Waiting until the end of February to implement these changes allows time for cases to decline further, for hospital staffing to improve and for more people to be vaccinated,” the diocese said in a statement. hurry. The diocese said if the number of positive cases increases in a specific county — or in a specific parish or school — mitigation measures, including mandatory masking, could be reinstated.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Tuesday that it will take preliminary steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions in schools and parishes.

Beginning Saturday, February 26 in parishes and in diocesan elementary and secondary schools on Monday, February 28, masks will no longer be required except in limited circumstances.

At this point, masking is second nature to Keira Steitz, a sophomore at Oakland Catholic High School.

“It will be exciting, new, but definitely very scary,” Steitz said. “I think I’ll probably wait a bit because I’m still a little unsure that I don’t want to wear my mask.”

Christey Brown, a parent of two children in diocesan schools, said it was time the restrictions were lifted.

“It’s good for everyone to have a choice,” Brown said. “If they want to wear one, great. If not, that’s okay.”

Henry Stephens, grandparent of a student at Central Catholic High School, said the changes came too soon.

“I think we should all be wearing masks until we get this monster out of here,” Stephens said. “I think we should do what the authorities say we should do because they know best.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends universal masking in schools.

“For more than two years, the leaders of our parishes and schools have worked diligently to protect themselves, each other, and our community from COVID-19,” Bishop David Zubik said in a press release. “We have learned to create safe environments and to adapt quickly when outbreaks require us to be more cautious. We thank God that local infections have diminished and pray that our anticipated adjustments will be the first of many steps towards resuming the patterns of worship and learning that we have so missed.

The following changes will go into effect in parishes on Saturday, February 26:

  • Priests, deacons and liturgical ministers of the sanctuary as well as ushers and hosts will no longer be required to wear masks at Mass.
  • Parishioners will again be invited to share the sign of peace.
  • The laity may present the gifts of bread and wine used for the consecration.
  • The distribution of the Precious Blood of the Cup remains suspended for the time being.
  • All parish events outside of Mass can take place in person. Live streaming options for Mass and activities will continue for those unable to attend in person.

As of Monday, February 28 for schools, masks will no longer be required.

  • However, masking will continue on school buses as required by federal law.
  • Masks will also be required for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for five days after returning to work or school.

The diocese said the number of new COVID-19 cases has been steadily declining in our region and positive cases have been decreasing in parishes and diocesan schools.

“Waiting until the end of February to implement these changes allows time for cases to decline further, for hospital staffing to improve and for people to be vaccinated to increase,” the diocese said in a press release. .

The diocese said if the number of positive cases increases in a specific county — or in a specific parish or school — mitigation measures, including mandatory masking, could be reinstated.

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