Reopening of churches
Archdiocese of Newark:
May 15, 2020
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced a three-phase gradual reopening process for churches throughout the Archdiocese to ensure the health and well-being of clergy and faithful.
Beginning on Sunday, May 17, 2020, Phase One will reopen churches in the Archdiocese for private prayer only, following all public health guidelines and once pastors determine they can safely do so. As part of Phase One, the Sacrament of Reconciliation also may be celebrated if social distancing can be maintained and masks are worn.
An Archdiocesan Task Force has continued to monitor the expert guidance of public health officials and federal and state public officials, who have cautioned not to rush into reopening churches to the faithful before manageable safety protocols can be put in place.