A year and a half after COVID hit our churches are finally opening across North America. My jaw dropped when a friend of mine told me his church BANs reverencing/kissing Icons regardless of whether you wear a mask or not. I can see not requiring one to physically reverence and Icon if you are nervous, but to ban it? Even when wearing a mask? Is this some betrayal of our faith? I would be interested to hear of others who's parish BANS the reverencing of Icons and your opinions for or against this directive.