COVID-19 Information

The Diocese of Syracuse has been in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is actively following the directive of the county public health departments to ensure that all diocesan parishes, schools, ministries, and charities are responding appropriately to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Update: 11/10/2020

Update for Onondaga County:
 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that areas within Onondaga County are now subject to New York's Yellow Zone. The full list of municipalities in the zone includes the City of Syracuse and towns of Lysander, Clay and Salina. The villages of Solvay and East Syracuse are included as well.  

Yellow Zone — Precautionary Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 50 percent capacity
  • Public Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • Businesses: Open
  • Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4 person maximum per table
  • Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings. The New York State Department of Health will establish a percentage of teachers and students/staff who need to be tested by Friday.
 
Fines for the sponsors of public gatherings in violation of state public health rules will be increased to $15,000.   
To view a map of the yellow zone area, click here.  To learn more about the cluster action initiative and the three zones, click here. To check if your location is in a zone, click here
 
Bishop Lucia urges all diocesan entities to continue to be vigilant in adhering to all safety protocols: 6ft. distancing, registrations, hand sanitizers, and sanitizing areas.   

 

Update: 10/7/2020 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new cluster action initiative to address COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up in Brooklyn, Queens, and Broome, Orange and Rockland Counties. Working with the top public health experts, New York State developed a science-based approach to attack these clusters and stop any further spread of the virus, including new rules and restrictions directly targeted to areas with the highest concentration of COVID cases and the surrounding communities. The new rules will be in effect for a minimum of 14 days.  

Yellow Zone — Precautionary Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 50 percent capacity
  • Mass Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • Businesses: Open
  • Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4 person maximum per table
  • Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings. The New York State Department of Health will establish a percentage of teachers and students/staff who need to be tested by Friday.
 
Fines for the sponsors of mass gatherings in violation of state public health rules will be increased to $15,000.   
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Bishop Lucia urges all diocesan entities to continue to be vigilant in adhering to all safety protocols: 6ft. distancing, registrations, hand sanitizers, and sanitizing areas. 

6/06/2020: It was announced that Houses of Worship in NYS are permitted to use 25% capacity of their buildings for religious services.  Houses of Worship may utilize 33% of their building capacity with 6ft. distancing to celebrate Mass. Please submit your Parish Pandemic Planning Form when you are ready to reopen.

 

Reopening of Churches

A Letter From Bishop Lucia Welcome Back! - 7/1/2020

A Closer Look with Father Christopher Seibt: Returning to Church

Bishop Lucia's Letter to the People - 5/27/2020

Bishop Lucia is permitting the celebration of Mass beginning the Solemnity of Pentecost with these specific guidelines and instructions.  

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Spiritual Resources

Caring for Our Spiritual and Sacramental Lives While Public Gatherings Are Suspended

Decrees and Dispensations related to COVID 19 

Decrees and Dispensations related to COVID-19 

Decrees and Dispensations related to COVID-19

Decrees and Dispensations related to COVID-19

 Novena Prayer for an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Livestreaming Mass on Facebook

USCCB President’s Reflection and Prayer During Coronavirus

Stream Daily Mass through Syracuse Catholic Television

Prayer

USCCB Prayer for COVID-19

 

Resources

Diversey Product List

Live-streaming with Mevo 

Live-streaming Via YouTube

Create a Zoom Meeting

Protect yourself from COVID-19

NYS Department of Health

CoronaVirus Parent Letter

USCCB -  Written Versions

Vatican News 

 

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