Traditionally during Lent, the six weeks prior to Easter, Catholics are required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays. Lent is traditionally a period of sacrifice, denial and repentance in preparation for the Easter period.
Many Bishops around the world have however relieved their parishioners of this obligation during Lent 2020. According to Church leaders, the faithful have already sacrificed enough with the restrictions and deprivations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With global grocery shortages and many attempting to live as frugally as possible, it has also become quite difficult to source fish, white meat and other foods to meet this Lenten obligation. Fish on Good Friday still stands however.