STATEWIDE –– The bishop of Maine’s Catholic diocese calls the governor’s latest order on church capacity “unacceptable.”
Last week, Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order limiting houses of worship to five people per 1,000 square feet or 50 people, whichever is greater.
Bishop Robert Deeley said people on the church’s staff have asked the governor to consider allowing 25 percent of available seating to be filled.
“It’s also possible to do this in a way that allows more people to come to church. It’s happening all over the country. And for some reason, we are dug in in this state to the way we’re going to do it. And that’s it,” Deeley said.
A statement from the governor’s office said the bishop’s representatives were involved with discussions about COVID-19 church capacities.
“Their opinions were heard and were taken into consideration. The bishop simply disagrees,” the statement said.