Alberta’s Catholic bishops are welcoming the lifting of crowd limits on Mass as the province moves to the next stage of its relaunch strategy, but they are also sounding a note of caution.

“The return of these public celebrations has been a source of joy for our parishioners and priests alike,” the Alberta bishops said in a statement June 9. “We are grateful to all those who have worked so hard to make the necessary preparations, and to our parishioners for the patience and the responsibility toward others that they have demonstrated as they have returned to Mass.”

Premier Jason Kenney announced that as of June 12, there would no longer be any limit on attendance at worship services ̶ as long as social distancing measures and other protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under Stage 1 of the relaunch strategy, worship services were limited to 50 people in total.

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