BALTIMORE (WJZ) — All Catholic churches in Baltimore will be closed starting at 8 p.m. Monday night, the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Monday afternoon.
“Every parish is now a virtual church and will continue to use technology and other resources to stay connected to parishioners and to enrich their faith lives as we approach Holy Week and Easter, the holiest days in the Church calendar.” the Archdiocese said Monday.
Effective 8 p.m. today, all Catholic churches will be closed until further notice. This prohibits private prayer of any kind at churches in the archdiocese.
— ArchdioceseBaltimore (@archbalt) March 30, 2020
Any kind of private prayer at churches in the archdiocese is prohibited at this time, they added.
To find online masses, including Spanish-language services, check out their resources here.
Churches have previously canceled public services as social distancing measures continue to be added by the state. On Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced a stay-at-home executive order, effective 8 p.m. Monday night.
There are over 1,400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland, and 15 deaths reported. Gov. Hogan issued a “stay-at-home” executive order, directing all people to stay home unless there is an “essential” reason to do so including essential work and certain activities.