NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Newark reopened today for public Sunday mass.

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place to follow state guidelines.


Everyone attending a service must wear a mask and follow social distancing rules, while churches are limited to 25 percent capacity or 50 people in total, whichever is lower.

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The Archdiocese said the return of public mass on Sunday coincides with its own Phase 3 of reopening, which is based on New Jersey’s stages of reopening.

Churches within the Archdiocese of Newark were already allowed to hold weekday masses, funerals, baptisms and weddings.

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The Archdiocese said the decision to reopen is up to each church, individually.

Parishes will continue to live stream mass for those unable to attend.

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