The faithful can return to places of worship under directives in compliance with the implementation of Phase I.
Governor John Bel Edwards has announced he will implement Phase I of the gradual reopening of the state and rescind the “stay at home” order on Friday, May 15. The Diocese of Lafayette has already sent directives to all Diocesan entities on the implementation of Phase I. These directives include maximum 25% occupancy rate of each church, social distancing at all times, and hygiene precautions. Directives relating to outdoor Masses remain in effect as they were previously set.
Bishop Deshotel is grateful that the number of new cases statewide has been declining. The new directives will enable the faithful of the Diocese to begin practicing their faith in their churches and to nourish their spiritual lives. Thanks to all who observed the “stay at home” directives which proved effective. Also, thanks again to all medical personnel and first responders.