Updated March 17, 2022
Masks are optional in all archdiocesan churches and locations. However, in all instances, when a priest or deacon will be in close proximity to individuals presenting themselves (or their children) for reception of the sacraments, masks are strongly encouraged but not required.
Mask guideline for schools
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago are mask optional for all students, faculty and visitors, except for in the following situations:
- Masks are required for all close contacts or recently positive individuals, regardless of vaccination status, through day 10 post infection/exposure.
- Masks may be required during periods of high community or school specific infection. We may require classrooms or schools to temporarily require masks based on infection levels. This will be applied at a targeted classroom/school level as much as possible prior to an Archdiocesan shift.
- Any student or staff member who wishes to continue to wear a mask in school is encouraged to do so. We support all school families and employees in whichever decision they make regarding the regular use of masks. Individuals who wish to wear a mask are encouraged to use an N95 mask and we encourage everyone age 5 and above to receive the COVID-19 vaccine/booster.
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