Springfield Catholic Church not requiring vaccine proof or masks despite state guidelines

St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield sent out an email to its parishioners stating they will not require proof of the vaccines or enforce the mask mandate despite Oregon state health guidelines.

Posted: May 23, 2021 2:13 PM
Updated: May 23, 2021 2:17 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.--- St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield sent out an email to their parishioners on Friday stating they will never require proof the vaccination in their churches.

In the email, they wrote:

"Getting vaccinated or not is a conscience decision that must be respected. The Church has said that you may get vaccinated if you wish, but it is not required. I know there is a lot of different information out there, as well as changing guidelines from the State of Oregon and CDC regarding masking and proof of vaccination. As a reminder, those who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear masks or socially distance anymore. Additionally, our Archbishop has been clear that, regardless of state regulations, we will never require proof of vaccination in our churches."

They said masks will not be required for fully vaccinated people and capacity limits will no longer be in force. 

However, Oregon Health Authority's new guidelines states that mask mandates must be in place unless a business, employer or faith institution has a policy for checking proof of vaccination status of individuals.

In the guidelines it states:

"Businesses, employers and faith institutions may, at their discretion, continue to apply and enforce the mask, face covering and face shield guidance, and physical distancing requirements in state COVID-19 guidance to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status,
and must continue to do so if they do not have a policy for checking proof of vaccination or have not reviewed proof of vaccination for an individual, or if the individual has declined to provide such proof."

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