Local houses of worship hold mass outdoors as precaution against COVID-19

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As week three of Governor Baker’s re-opening plan begins, houses of worship have adapted to the changing times.

As part of phase one of the plan they could reopen with restrictions.

“Well I heard there’s a lot of it on the computer,” Gino Rumore of Enfield, Connecticut told 22News. “A lot of churches are doing their service and people are going on Zoom.”

Attendance must still be at only 40 percent capacity even if the service is outside. For inside services, masks must be worn at all times unless for medical reasons someone cannot wear one. People who are not in the same immediate family must also sit six feet apart.

In Hartford, the catholic diocese is limiting singing during the service to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the church.

Multiple synagogues in western Massachusetts including Sinai Temple in Springfield are still having their services online including educational classes, out of an abundance of caution for their congregations.

The Islamic Society Western Massachusetts previously told 22News that they’ve still moved their services online and it’s been a good way of connecting with their members during the pandemic.

Religious leaders recommend checking with your local house of worship to see how they’re operating during the phased reopening.

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