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September 21, 2020   |   VOL. 1 No. 21
Blessing of the Animals: Yes you can!
We’ve received several calls about the annual “Blessing of the Animals.” This short outdoor blessing of pets is permitted. Please make sure everyone wears a mask and practices physical distancing. We recommend that you keep track of who attends in case you need to alert them to any possible exposure.
 

 
Weddings and funerals: New guidance 
Governor Inslee’s office issued new guidance around weddings and funerals. Please read the full document here. Based on this new update, we wanted to call out a few key points:
  • Indoor and outdoor occupancy is limited to 30 guests or 25% of maximum building capacity, whichever is less, excluding vendors and their staff working at the wedding service or funeral. 
  • One-hour wedding ceremony rehearsals are permitted in advance of the wedding day to practice the ceremony as well as to practice and review the COVID-19 safety plans of the venue and other vendors.
  • At least one COVID-19 Supervisor from each vendor and the venue is required to be on-site throughout the wedding service or funeral.
  • Soloists and duets (whether accompanied or unaccompanied), as well as other small groups of musicians such as string quartets are permitted so long as the performers wear a face covering.
  • Prior to any event, we should encourage the family to send a written note to their guests in which they:  
    • Request they take their temperature before attending a wedding or funeral. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F will not be permitted to attend the service.
    • Inform them that any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever above 100.4°F) may not attend the service.
    • Inform the guests that everyone must wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of physical distance and wash their hands frequently while at the wedding or funeral.
While the governor’s guidance outlines specifics around receptions, we recognize that managing a reception with all the guidelines may be too difficult for some parishes. We fully support parishes that decide to stay with the prohibition of receptions as previously advised.

Lastly, funeral Masses are permitted. However, the presence of the body is governed by the county and the funeral home. Please work directly with the funeral home for updated procedures related to funeral masses.

 

COVID Supervisor: You can have more than one
Each parish and school must have a COVID Supervisor on-site while parish or school activities occur. These COVID Supervisors must be in coordination with each other and play a key role in the development of the reopening plans and the subsequent addenda. To train additional COVID Supervisors, use this Training Webinar link.
 

Addenda: When to send one in...
Thank you to all of you who have worked so hard to develop your reopening plans and addenda. These plans clearly outline the safety procedures and allow everyone to be on the same page with any changes or adjustments that take place overtime.  

A parish reopening plan should include the procedures around the operations of the parish offices, the liturgy (both indoor and outdoor if applicable), and ministry activities including faith formation, youth ministry, food bank collection, etc.  

As parishes add new activities or expand current activities into new locations, we ask that you fill out an addendum and submit it to
 SeattleMass2020@seattlearch.org for approval. This will ensure all our parishes are following the most recent guidance, which we recognize is changing quickly. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Schoen.
 

 
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