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Archdiocese closes schools, Catholic Masses to continue

UPDATE: All Catholic Masses have been cancelled indefinitelyCatholic Masses have been cancelled indefinitely.

Original story below…

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BALTIMORE, MD—The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced that it will close all schools from March 16 – 27 to coincide with Baltimore County Public Schools.

Masses, however, will go on uninterrupted – with an attendance count in place.

“In light of the order…by Gov. Hogan that all public schools be closed for the next two weeks, I have similarly instructed that all archdiocesan schools be closed during the same time period, March 16-27, 2020 and that all school-sponsored activities be cancelled during that same timeframe,” said archbishop William Lori. “In addition, I have instructed all parishes of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to comply with the governor’s order by limiting attendance at all Masses and parish-sponsored events, regardless of location, to no more than 250 people until further notice.”

On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan stated that all public gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or cancelled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Though Masses will continue to be offered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, all members of the faithful are dispensed of the Sunday Mass obligation until further notice,” the Archdiocese said in a tweet on Friday morning. “Those who are ill or suspect they may have a contagious illness should refrain from attending Mass.”

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