Since the beginning of all the COVID-19 changes, we have stopped passing the plates or receiving them. We had long ago stopped placing them on the altar and put the empty plates as well as the full ones received from the ushers on a small credence table opposite the other credence in the chancel. For most of the last months the plates have sat at credence tables placed outside the chancel and people simply dropped off their offerings. Now we have added giving boxes for offerings at four posts throughout the nave. Even when the day comes and we no longer have to worry about such things, I guess that offering plates will not be as big a deal. More and more are using online giving and others give monthly instead of weekly and all of this has contributed to me not missing the offering plates.
In the end, I would rather use the several minutes taken up in collecting the offering in other places. Perhaps if this were done, fewer parishes would have the liturgy truncated simply for the sake of time. In any case, it takes but a minute or so to prepare the altar and I for one have not missed the presentation of the plates to the ushers or the presentation of the offerings. Perhaps others will argue with me here but I would be good if it never returned. What do you think?