The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Wednesday announced updated guidelines for indoor religious services according to protocols issued by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

Parishes in Los Angeles County may resume indoor religious services, provided there is space for social distancing of at least six feet between family units, all in attendance wear face coverings, and measures for cleaning and sanitization are followed.

In a letter to priests and pastors in the Archdiocese, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez noted that it will be safer to continue celebrating outdoor Masses. Likewise, the public health department strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors.

However, if a pastor believes it is better to offer live-streamed Mass only or to celebrate Mass indoors — if permitted by his county and in keeping with their protocols — he may proceed accordingly, according to the Archdiocese.

Parishes who can and choose to return to indoor in-person worship must observe all protocols issued by their respective county.

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