Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs announced that parishes in the diocese will resume the celebration of public Masses May 16-17. Attendance at each Mass will be limited through a reservation system, and strict social distancing guidelines will be observed.
“We have communicated with priests, secular advisors, and health officials to determine how best to reopen our churches in a way that is safe for the faithful and the broader community,” Bishop Sheridan said. “While we are happy to be able to welcome the faithful back to church, Catholics are still dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass because we are not yet at the point where we are permitted to fill our churches. Anyone who is sick or has an underlying condition that would make them susceptible to the coronavirus should not attend public Mass and is encouraged to participate via internet or television.”