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Vicksburg Senior Center closed next week; churches cancelling or holding only virtual services

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St. Paul Catholic Church in Vicksburg. (Photo by Toots5446, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33818454)

The City of Vicksburg is closing the city’s Senior Citizen Center at 801 South St. next week in an effort to protect Vicksburg’s most vulnerable residents.

Older adults and those with underlying health issues are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill and possibly dying from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People over 80 run the greatest risk with this virus.

In his address to Mississippians released Saturday, Gov. Tate Reeves asked Mississippi churches to not meet this weekend.

“I’m asking churches not to hold large, in-person services (Sunday) morning,” he said. “You can worship from home,” he said.

In response, the First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg has announced it will only stream its services tomorrow.

Also, the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi has suspended in-person services of worship in all Episcopal churches in the state of Mississippi.

In consideration of the recommendation of Gov. Reeves, Bishop Kopacz of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson dispenses all Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass (in addition to the elderly and anyone with a serious underlying medical condition for whom contracting the coronavirus may be a life-threatening situation).

That said, Mass will still be celebrated, but the obligation to attend is dispensed.

Before heading out for church in the morning, call to check if services at your church have been canceled.

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