The following is an excerpt from a Diocese of Buffalo document published February 9, 2022.
“COVID-19 Update: February 10, 2022 Diocesan Mask Mandate for Worship Lifted
On February 9, 2022 New York State announced its mask mandate would be eliminated February 10, 2022 for many indoor settings.
Masks Optional for Worship
At this time, masks are now optional for all participants in liturgies held in Catholic churches and worship spaces located in the Diocese of Buffalo based on prevailing guidance from health officials and/or an individual’s doctor or other medical professional.
Masks may continue to be worn at the discretion of the individual. Out of pastoral concern, the safety of others should always be considered when making this choice.
Ministers of the Eucharist should continue to wear masks when distributing Communion for the protection of the vulnerable and those who may not be able to be vaccinated…”