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Catholic church buildings in Baltimore open for Easter with precautions for COVID-19

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Saturday 3rd April 2021
Lowell Melser, WBAL-TV

All Baltimore Catholic churches are open for Easter this year, wearing masks and 6-foot distance.

Last year around this time, Easter was all but canceled. The governor declared the Easter Bunny an important worker who could still deliver candy, but personal services were suspended.

Good Friday The Lord's Passion Service took place at 3 p.m. Friday in the Cathedral of Mary our Queen.

Some churches have chosen to hold their services outdoors, including with social distancing. In the cathedral, people had to pre-register for the weekend service.

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, who led the service on Friday, told 11 News how this Easter feels very different from last year.

"Our churches were basically closed last year. This year the pandemic is still very big with us. We continue to mourn those who have lost their lives and those whose personal and economic situation has deteriorated, however I think there will be light in the end. Some of the restrictions have relaxed a bit. I can feel that people are ready to get on with their lives and get back to church, "said Lori.

As of Friday afternoon, some places were open for the 1 p.m. Sunday service in front of the cathedral. If you want to take part, you have to Register online.

Many churches still offer virtual worship services for those who are unwilling to worship inside.

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