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May 27 Diocesan Covid Policy Statement

May 28, 2021

In a communication intended to replace all previous statements of diocesan protocols and policies regarding post-pandemic reopening of churches in the diocese, Bishop Dietsche wrote May 27 to state that he would impose no restrictions beyond those already imposed by the State of New York, and that he is “counting on clergy and parish leaders to use your best judgment in making decisions regarding in-person worship in your churches.”

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“Our protocols throughout the pandemic have centered on the use of masks, the washing of hands, physical distancing, communion in one kind, and singing only under the twelve-foot distancing required by the state,” he wrote in part. “These protocols, and no others, will continue, with the exceptions noted below, to be the basic recommendation of my office to all parishes for public worship, as they are in keeping with the April 2021 protocols published as mandates by the State of New York.

“The exceptions are as follows:
    • The requirement that people wear masks will not apply to
      • people who are distanced and seated.
      • groups in which it is known that everyone has been fully vaccinated.
    • The requirement of six-foot physical distancing will not apply to those who have been vaccinated.”

To Apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan

Your congregation will be required to certify its need for the funds and must have:
  • Received, and have expended or expect to expend, an original PPP loan
  • Experienced a 25% reduction in gross receipts in any quarter in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019
  • 300 or fewer employees.

Determining Your Eligibility

To determine if you qualify, please click here to download a worksheet generously made available by diocesan auditors, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP. Please note that this worksheet is offered “as is” and users use it at their own risk: in particular, please note the disclaimers on the Instructions tab, and review the outcome of your entries to make sure they make sense.


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