Yes, with restrictions. Gatherings are a significant contributor to the spread of COVID-19, requiring restrictions to allow for a balance between safety and beliefs, rituals, and traditions. If the following guidelines cannot be followed, visitors will not be allowed. Baptisms with as few persons in attendance as possible is preferred. Baptisms may be supplemented by remote access through video streaming with a physical presence of no more than of 10 persons in attendance, supplemented with video for viewing by more than 10 people if desired, and is considered the safest option by the Public Health Department, or in-person is allowed with no more than 10 people present.
- No more than 10 persons including clergy and technical assistance shall be physically present for baptism services; no rotation of those 10 persons physically present is allowed.
- Wherever possible, all baptismal fonts are to be drained to discourage parishioners from dipping their hands in the water. Use blessed water only from a single-use bottle for baptisms.
- Use only new water for each person being baptized.
- Participants from different households should avoid direct physical contact.
- No ill persons shall be in attendance of baptism services.
- All persons must wear a face covering, except that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing per CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html, and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals.
- Baptism services shall be no more than 30 minutes.