DETROIT – The Archdiocese of Detroit announced Wednesday that churchgoers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a face mask inside Catholic churches.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing to protect themselves and others in churches, the Archdiocese announced.
“Because a parish community -- and our society -- requires mutual trust and a commitment to the common good, each individual is asked to make the best decisions for himself as well as for others. Parishes do not have the responsibility to verify who is and who is not vaccinated,” reads a statement from the Archdiocese.
Moreover, the Archdiocese said the Sign of Peace may resume with the normal wording, “Offerte vobis pacem/Let us offer each other the sign of peace,” allowing parishioners and families to “make their own determinations about how widely to share some sign of peace” during mass.
As of the vaccine, Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron released a joint statement with other Michigan bishops in March telling Catholics that it is “morally permissible to receive the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna.”