NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A parishioner who has tested positive for COVID-19 was among those attending mass last weekend in a church in Queens, reinforcing the call for the faithful to stay clear of public services amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gabby Petito's Family Speaks Publicly For 1st Time Since Her Body Was Found: 'We Can't Let Her Name Be Taken In Vain'
That church is now closed and undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization, church officials said.
Many churches across the Tri-State area were empty on Sunday with services canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Police Say Man Suspected Of Robbing 7 Unsuspecting Seniors In The Bronx
The Archdiocese of New York and Newark both say worshippers are still able to come to church to partake in private prayer but that Sunday mass has been canceled for the foreseeable future, reports CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon.
They say the decision was made out of an abundance of caution as the coronavirus continues to spread in our area.MORE NEWS: New York City Teachers, Staff Face New Vaccine Deadline, But Some Look To Push Legal Battle To Supreme Court