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As Some Churches Return to Full Capacity, Vaccination Status Complicates Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

Noam GalaiPeople exit Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Catholic church on May 23, 2021 in New York City. On May 19, all pandemic restrictions, including mask mandates, social distancing guidelines, venue capacities and restaurant curfews were lifted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

As US dioceses and parishes celebrated the Holy Spirit’s descent and the birth of the Church on Pentecost, many of them were able to reduce the curbs on worship that have been in place because of the pandemic.

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