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With New York City poised to enter Phase 2 of the reopening on Monday, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced on Friday that its churches in Brooklyn and Queens will resume masses on June 29th.

A press release from the diocese explained that weekday mass will begin on Monday, June 29th, while weekend mass will start in person again on July 4th, adding, "COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, including the requirement that all who enter a church must bring and must wear their own mask during the entire Mass and maintain proper social distancing."

Further, the diocese outlined, "The reception of Communion will be different. It is strongly recommended the faithful receive Holy Communion in the hand and they must leave their mask on when they approach the priest at a six-foot distance. When the communicant receives the Sacred Host, they should move to the side and consume the Eucharist immediately. Communion will only be offered in one form; the Precious Blood will not be distributed to the faithful at this time."

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that houses of worship could reopen at 25 percent capacity when their region enters Phase 2, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

"Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens have been longing for the celebration of Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist. But our sacrifice and patience have borne fruit, and we did our part to flatten the curve of the terrible coronavirus pandemic," Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said. "Soon we can come together to be nourished by the spiritual food we have been desperate for."

The Archdiocese of New York has not announced when it will reopen its churches.

Meantime, in New Jersey, nursing homes will allow outdoor visits, with social distancing, starting tomorrow.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichill said, "We all know being apart from loved ones has been one the most difficult challenges for all of us throughout this pandemic. We recognize this hardship has been particularly difficult and stressful for those living in long-term care settings and for their families. We understand the emotional distress that comes along with this isolation and we are concerned with the mental health and well-being and quality of life of the 70,000 residents in our long-term care facilities."

Over 6,000 deaths related to COVID-19 have occurred in NJ nursing homes.