US Grand Lodge Updates: COVID-19

UPDATED: 06/04/20 at 11:00AM EST

While flipping through page after page on Facebook recently, I found myself curious as to what other Grand Lodges were doing in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Were they suspending all Masonic activity? If so, for how long and why? Were there any special rules or restrictions in place if they are allowed to meet?

My own curiosity led me to create this comprehensive list that will be updated as Grand Lodges make changes or updates. If you are a member of a Jurisdiction listed below and believe the information is incorrect, please email me so I can update this page accordingly (updates are pulled from the individual Grand Lodge website and/or Social Media). To those local lodges that have shared notices from your Grand Lodge, thank you! I cannot believe how many Grand Lodges haven’t updated or used their social media/website to inform the craft of their decisions during this time.

Quick Facts:

  • 51 US Grand Lodges listed (including District of Columbia)
  • 30 Grand Lodges have resumed or continued Masonic activity
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity through June 6, 2020
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity through June 7, 2020
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity through June 10, 2020
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity until June 12, 2020
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity through June 12, 2020
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity until June 15, 2020
  • 1 Grand Lodge has suspended all Masonic activity through June 28, 2020
  • 5 Grand Lodges have suspended all Masonic activity through June 30, 2020 or until July 1, 2020
  • 9 Grand Lodges have suspended all Masonic activity until further notice (no return date)

  • Grand Lodge of Alabama
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020
    • Grand Master’s updated Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Alaska
    • Masonic activity has resumed however Brothers are advised to proceed with caution and consider delaying degree work until June.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Arizona
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020
    • 2020 Arizona Grand Lodge Communication has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Arkansas
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however no degrees may be conferred, no called meetings may occur, no meals may be cooked or eaten in the lodge building, and other restrictions outlined in the announcement below.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of California
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Grand Lodge of California announcements and updates can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Colorado
    • Masonic activity has resumed however Lodges must follow both state and federal guidelines and rules.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and updated can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Connecticut
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until June 30, 2020
    • 231st Annual Communication has been cancelled and the Grand Master was installed in a small, private installation service at his mother lodge.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Delaware
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (DC)
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Grand Master’s update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Florida
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020
    • 191st Annual Communication has been cancelled.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Georgia
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until June 12, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Hawaii
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Idaho
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
      • Video conferencing has been recommended by the Grand Master: “I highly encourage the use of video conferencing for gathering for Masonic fellowship. You can use video conferencing to hold any of our Ceremonies that are open to the public such as Table Lodges, Masonic information nights, planning meetings, forum discussions and game nights. You may use video conferencing to coach and perform proficiencies. These should only be done by invitation only and not open to the public and in rooms that are secure from cowans and eavesdroppers.”
    • Grand Master’s updates can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Illinois
    • Masonic activity has resumed only through video conferencing per special dispensation by the Grand Master. In-person meetings are still cancelled until further notice.
      • Special procedures and guidelines have been provided by the Grand Master. These include items such as, but not limited to “Digital lodge meetings shall be by invitation and only for the members of the Lodge…No visiting Brothers shall be admitted…All Mason’s attending must be identifiable by face, on live video…video recording of a digital Lodge Stated Meeting is strictly prohibited…”
    • Grand Master updates can be found on the Facebook page of Springfield Lodge No. 4 here!
  • Grand Lodge of Indiana
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however Lodges are still unable to confer degree work.
    • Annual Communication has been postponed until July 14, 2020.
    • Grand Master’s Updates can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Iowa
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however no more than 50% of the full Lodge room may be present and degree work cannot be conferred at this time.
    • The Grand Master provides weekly updates and his announcement regarding all Masonic activity being cancelled can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Kansas
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until July 1, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Kentucky
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity through June 28, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Louisiana
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective May 15, 2020 with new guidelines to follow effective June 5, 2020 which are outlined in the link below.
    • The 209th Annual Session has been postponed until further notice.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and updates can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Maine
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however if lodges wish to stay closed they may do so. Also, the Grand Master has issued a blanket statement that for June lodges May conduct business without a proper quorum of members, if needed.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Maryland
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • The Semi-Annual Communication has been postponed and tentatively scheduled for July 25, 2020.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement was located on the Maryland Masonic Lodge of Research’s Facebook page here!
  • Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however has issued a jurisdiction wide edict for June, July, and August stating all Lodges can meet in-person or online on their regular meeting night.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Michigan
    • Masonic activity has resumed based on regions of the state that the Governor has allowed social gatherings of 10 or less.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Minnesota
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however no degree work may be conferred, masks must be worn in Lodge buildings, meals are not to be served, Lodges will be opened on the first degree and other items outlined in the update linked below.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Mississippi
    • Masonic activity has resumed however the Grand Master has issued a special dispensation allowing any Lodge to cancel their stated meeting if it falls between June 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and and updates can be found on their Facebook page here!
  • Grand Lodge of Missouri
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective May 3, 2020 however Lodges are to follow the guidelines set out by the Grand Master:
      • Lodges will open on the EA Degree
      • No meals to be served.
      • No degree work is allowed.
      • Only members of the lodge will be allowed to attend. No guests or visitors.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Montana
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity through June 30, 2020
    • The 154th Annual Communication has also been cancelled.
    • Announcement of the Grand Master’s decision could only be found on the Facebook page for Bigfork Lodge No. 150 here!
  • Grand Lodge of Nebraska
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until June 30, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Nevada
    • Masonic activity has resumed as normal, however lodges have been asked to consider cancelling activity through June 30, 2020. If Lodges decide to meet in person masks must be worn, and no degree work or balloting may occur.
    • Announcement and the Grand Master’s updates could only be found on the Facebook page for Wadsworth Lodge No. 25 here!
  • Grand Lodge of New Hampshire
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until June 15, 2020
    • Annual Communication has been postponed until November 21, 2020. This is the same day as the Semi-Annual Meeting.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of New Jersey
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity through June 6, 2020
      • Lodges are, however able to conduct extraordinary and essential Lodge business using videoconferencing tools such as Zoom. A request for special dispensation must be requested from the D.D.G.M. then to the Grand Secretary and then to the Grand Master.
    • Annual Communication has been postponed to November 9-10, 2020
    • Announcement and the Grand Master’s decision could only be found on the Facebook page for Keystone Belcher Lodge No. 153 here!
  • Grand Lodge of New Mexico
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Annual Communication has been postponed until further notice.
    • Announcement of the Grand Master’s decision can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of New York
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until June 7, 2020
    • 239th Annual Communication has been postponed until further notice.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of North Carolina
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of North Dakota
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however certain guidelines must be followed through July 31, 2020 which is outlined in the link below.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and updates can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Ohio
    • Masonic activity has resumed as normal using “alternative methods” if chosen by the lodge Master (not required), however in-person meetings are still suspended through June 12, 2020
      • Virtual meetings are to include:A password protected secure tool (Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx, etc.)An email sent to lodge members through Grand ViewRitual work of any type or nature, candidate examinations, and candidate balloting are not permitted.(Additional items outlined in the GM Announcement)
    • Announcement and the Grand Master’s decision can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Oklahoma
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however Lodges must adhere to the following guidelines (more found in the official update):
      • Lodges to be opened only on the EA Degree
      • Masons are encouraged to only attend their own Lodges, and not visit other Lodges at this time.
      • There will be NO degree work until further notice, as social distancing cannot be maintained during degrees.
      • Masonic funerals/memorial services are exempt, but must follow state and local guidelines.
      • There will be NO meals prepared or served in the Lodge building during the month of June.
      • Lodges may hold fundraisers if they are not held in the Lodge building, but must maintain the social distancing guidelines.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Oregon
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective May 30, 2020 however lodges must adhere to the following guidelines:
      • No more than 25 people at any single gathering
      • All members shall wear a mask in Lodge
      • Social distancing will be observed at all times
      • Various other guidelines pertaining to age of members, sanitizing and general precautions
    • Annual Communication has been adjusted to an “abbreviated” communication on June 4, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement and update can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Rhode Island
    • Masonic activity has resumed as normal, however in-person meetings are still suspended due to state regulations. Brothers are able to hold meetings and conduct business, as normal via Zoom and other video conferencing platforms.
      • The Grand Master has stated that he has a committee working on updating the ritual to work with Zoom and “if needed” he will also update ritual so that degree work can be conducted virtually.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of South Carolina
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity through June 30, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of South Dakota
    • Masonic activity has resumed effective June 1, 2020 however no degree work may be conferred and Lodges are urged to only open on the first degree as well as other items outlined in the update linked below.
    • An electronic session of the Annual Communication will be held on June 19, 2020
    • Grand Master’s updates can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Tennessee
    • Masonic activity has resumed as normal as of May 1, 2020, however “all Lodges are still to be governed by the guidelines and restrictions set forth by their area’s local government officials. Also, continue to practice safe health guidelines to the best of your ability.”
    • Annual Communication has been postponed until further notice.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Texas
    • Masonic activity has resumed as of normal effective May 25, 2020 however certain guidelines still apply:
      • “Lodges may not have called meetings…other than one Lodge of Sorrow, or a called meeting for the purpose of installing officers.”
      • “No degrees will be conducted…”
      • “No meals will be cooked or consumed…”
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Utah
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • Announcement of the Grand Master’s decision and update was shared by Brothers on Facebook (no link at this time).
  • Grand Lodge of Vermont
    • Masonic activity has resumed only through email, teleconferencing or video conferencing per special dispensation by the Grand Master.
      • “Please do not do any ritual or degrees, as these media do not permit a tiled lodge situation.”
      • “I am suspending balloting on candidates or petitions for the time being.”
    • Annual Communication has been postponed until sometime in September.
    • Announcement of the Grand Master’s decision could only be found on the Facebook page for Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20 here!
  • Grand Lodge of Virginia
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity through June 10, 2020 however the Grand Master continues to update based on the reopening phases for the state, set out by the Governor.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Washington
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity through June 12, 2020
    • An electronic session of the Annual Communication will be held on June 13, 2020 and shall be limited to one day. Specific guidelines are outlined in the announcement found here!
    • Grand Master’s suspension Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of West Virginia
    • Masonic activity has resumed per the Grand Master and has provided guidelines to follow in the announcement below.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Wisconsin
    • Suspension of all Masonic activity until further notice is provided by the Grand Master. At this time there is no date for resuming Masonic labors.
    • An electronic session of the Annual Communication will be held on June 6, 2020 and shall be limited to one day.
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!
  • Grand Lodge of Wyoming
    • Masonic activity has resumed as normal as of June 1, 2020
    • Grand Master’s Announcement can be found here!

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  1. Thanks. One update. New Jersey’s Grand Lodge has been rescheduled to November 9 and 10; not September.

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