The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Evers exceeded his authority when issuing successive public health emergencies that included mask mandates. The ruling does not address the health benefits regarding the wearing of masks.
The Diocese of Green Bay will continue to require the use of face coverings/masks in parishes. Diocesan guidelines are intended to help parishes provide an opportunity for the faithful to encounter Christ in the liturgy of the Church while at the same time remaining safe.
We encourage all parishes to remain vigilant about the steps to decrease the spread of COVID-19 to others through the use of face covering/masks, social distancing and hand hygiene.
If you do not wear a mask due to medical or other reasons, you are still welcome at Mass. A designated seating area may be provided for your safety and the safety of others, when possible.
We long for the day when we can come together as community mask free. Until then, we continue to measure and monitor a number of benchmarks to guide us in determining when our restrictions can be lifted or changed.