Diocese of Sioux City discontinues masking protocols

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 4:43 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Officials with the Diocese of Sioux City have announced changes to their COVID-19 protocols as the CDC says many healthy Americans can take a break from wearing masks.

In a memo to priests and deacons, from Bishop Walker Nickless, all references to masking have been removed from the Diocese’s protocols.

According to a press release, this includes no longer strongly suggesting that church-goers wear masks during any Mass or parish event in the Diocese. Also, Mass presiders and Distributors of the Eucharist no longer need to be masked while distributing communion.

However, the Diocese says some protocols do remain in place, such as:

  • No Sign of Peace during Mass remains.
  • Communion – Single Form of Communion under the species of bread only remains (no precious blood or wine is distributed to the congregation).
  • Hand sanitizer should be applied by priests, deacons, and the laity prior to the general distribution of the Eucharist.

Bishop Nickless and his senior advisors say they will continue to monitor COVID-19 data across the area to determine the best practices to follow.

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