We are aware that people hold diverse views regarding the threat of COVID and its variants, the safety and benefits of vaccination, and the use of masks, distancing, and other precautions. Nevertheless, in a spirit of respect and tolerance we count upon parishioners and guests to follow St. Agnes’ pandemic guidelines.
The points below lay out St. Agnes’ current policy and norms for attending all Masses and liturgies in order to maintain precautions against COVID-19 and its variant strains. For the health and safety of everyone, please adhere closely to this policy.
- Hand Sanitization – We apply hand sanitizer to everyone upon entering the church.
- Church Sanitization – We sanitize the interior surfaces of the church and restrooms.
- Masks – We insist that everyone above 2 years of age fully mask (cover nose and mouth) for all Masses and liturgies, remaining masked until they exit the church.
- Social Distancing – For now, we limit the number of people inside the church for Mass and other liturgies to 90 people maximum in order for us to maintain 6-foot distancing between individuals from different households. Anyone arriving after we reach that number will have to sit outside (bring your own chairs). Also, the 10:30 AM Car-Radio Mass is still an option.
- Mass Reservations – Reservations for Masses are no longer required.
- Contact Tracing – Families that attend Mass or gatherings at St. Agnes, and have a family member who contracts the Covid Virus, should inform both St. Agnes and the County Health Department right away to provide that information.
- Flu-like Symptoms – Please do not attend services or gatherings inside or outside the church if you exhibit symptoms of fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- Meetings – Meetings at the Parish Center are restricted to the Pastoral Council and Finance Council for the time being. Hospitality Ministers may meet at the church, but prayer or other meetings remain suspended.
We will continually review and amend these guidelines based on updated information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (DWC), and the State of West Virginia.