Updates: Saturday, March 7th, 2020
This week, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated the Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). One of the preventive measures to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, like the virus that causes COVID-19 is to minimize, where possible, close contact and the sharing of objects including, food, and drink. This includes modifying practices such as the sharing of communal sacramental cups and wafers, or practices that consist of congregants shaking hands and hugging each other as part of a salutation.
Here at our Church, we will observe the following:
We will not offer the Blood of Christ at this time.
Please refrain from shaking hands at the sign of peace.
Missalettes are no longer available since that is a shared item. You may use your phone to follow the Mass if you have the app.
Holy Water will only be available at the back of the Church.
We will all continue to do the following personal prevention actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections including COVID-19:
We Highly Recommend to Receive the Body of Christ by hand
PLEASE Stay home when sick
PLEASE Wash hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available
PLEASE Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean hands immediately. If tissue is not available, use your sleeve (not your hands)
PLEASE Limit close contact with people who are sick.
PLEASE Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
As of today, although the individual risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a local health emergency in response to increased spread of COVID-19 across the country. None of the 13 cases in Los Angeles County are from community spread. All of the new cases were exposed to COVID-19 through close contacts and not linked to the first case in January. This declaration is a swift response to enhance public health’s ability to effectively manage response to this emergent issue.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available. Thank you.