Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis churches to hold public masses of 10 or less amid new COVID-19 regulations

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Friday that he will allow public masses of 10 people or less in accordance with Gov. Walz's new COVID-19 guidelines.

According to the release, "If a parish is prepared to fully implement the stringent safety and sanitization protocols published May 9, it may begin public Mass on May 18 while respecting a 10 person limit."

The release goes on to say that they expect some parishes to not be ready to begin public masses because they are not yet comfortable or able to implement the protocols fully.

In the release, Hebda says that the church is disappointed in the lack of dialogue with the Walz administration. He is hopeful that the meetings with faith leaders scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday with Gov. Walz will produce a new set of public worship guidelines.