The Archdiocese of Louisville will continue in-person services despite a request from Gov. Andy Beshear to halt them amid the ongoing COVID-19 surge.On Thursday, the governor said he had discussed with church leaders about what they can do to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus ahead of Thanksgiving and the holidays.Beshear said he asked houses of worship to discontinue in-person services until at least Dec. 13, part of an effort to limit gatherings. He said the state had traced more than 30 instances where spread had originated from church gatherings.In the video player above: KY churches asked to stop in-person services until surge reductionStill, Beshear stressed that the request to halt in-person church services was only a recommendation, not a mandate the churches would be required to follow.In a statement sent out parishioners, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said that while he understands the concern over the surge, the Archdiocese of Louisville will not be suspending public liturgies, but is encouraging “all to act in a responsible way.”Kurtz said he spoke with the other Catholic bishops in the commonwealth, all calling on Kentuckians to do what they can to follow guidelines in place over the past few months, including mask wearing and social distancing.The archdiocese will continue offering remote services and will keep in place the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass.Kurtz said pastors and school leaders have also adopted the archdiocese’s recommendation to move schools to non-traditional instruction beginning on Nov. 23 and extending through Jan. 8.He said those who choose to continue attending in-person services should remember to wear masks, distance from people in public and use good hygiene.

The Archdiocese of Louisville will continue in-person services despite a request from Gov. Andy Beshear to halt them amid the ongoing COVID-19 surge.

On Thursday, the governor said he had discussed with church leaders about what they can do to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus ahead of Thanksgiving and the holidays.

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Beshear said he asked houses of worship to discontinue in-person services until at least Dec. 13, part of an effort to limit gatherings. He said the state had traced more than 30 instances where spread had originated from church gatherings.

In the video player above: KY churches asked to stop in-person services until surge reduction

Still, Beshear stressed that the request to halt in-person church services was only a recommendation, not a mandate the churches would be required to follow.

In a statement sent out parishioners, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said that while he understands the concern over the surge, the Archdiocese of Louisville will not be suspending public liturgies, but is encouraging “all to act in a responsible way.”

Kurtz said he spoke with the other Catholic bishops in the commonwealth, all calling on Kentuckians to do what they can to follow guidelines in place over the past few months, including mask wearing and social distancing.

The archdiocese will continue offering remote services and will keep in place the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass.

Kurtz said pastors and school leaders have also adopted the archdiocese’s recommendation to move schools to non-traditional instruction beginning on Nov. 23 and extending through Jan. 8.

He said those who choose to continue attending in-person services should remember to wear masks, distance from people in public and use good hygiene.

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