Adjustments to COVID-19 Guidelines:
In response to the new CDC guidance provided on Feb 25th, 2022, and in consultation with local medical experts, the Diocese of Des Moines updated their COVID-19 protocols on Feb 28th, 2022 to make masks optional for the faithful and the clergy during Mass and other indoor activities. We encourage everyone to discern the use of masks based on their own health and potential immunity to COVID-19.
When using a mask, the CDC recommends medical grade masks as the most effective type of face coverings against the Omicron variant.
As parishes implement regathering procedures, the following documents may be of assistance:
- A facility usage agreement template that addresses COVID-19 expectations.
- A risk acknowledgment template for youth gatherings.
The Diocese of Des Moines continues to monitor the public health situation in southwest Iowa by watching county specific COVID-19 data, and by frequently consulting with local medical experts and diocesan priests. If the diocese observes a significant local increase in COVID-19 cases over the course of two weeks they will consider resuming previous phase restrictions on gatherings and public Masses. These decisions will be made on a county specific basis, and in consultation with the diocesan regathering team, local pastors, and medical experts.