All masses and other services in the Diocese of Fall River has been suspended for the foreseeable future, according to Fall River Bishop Edgar Da Cunha.
Effective today, and continuing until further notice, all masses including first communion and confirmation will be cancelled.
Exceptions will be made for weddings and funerals with limited attendance of no more than 10 immediate family members.
The Fall River Diocese is asking that churches open for a limited amount of time each day at the discretion of the pastor to give an opportunity for private prayer.
Bishop Da Cunha also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend mass during this time for all catholics in the diocese.