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Bishop Francis writes:


Bishop Francis writes:
The Government issued the following, on 19th October 2021, in relation to places of worship:
“Religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place”.  (Government Press Release 19th October 2021).
It is important that we take a cautious approach to further reopening.
 Depending on the size and shape of the church, parishes may wish to continue cordoning off some seats for                Sunday Masses.
The following protective measures are recommended:
(a)    Encourage those with symptoms not to attend church
(b)   Have sanitisers available at the doors
(c)    Social distancing to continue
(d)   One way systems to continue
(e)    Wearing of face coverings to continue
(f)    The celebrant and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to wear face coverings and           sanitise hands before and after distribution
(g)   No handshake as a sign of peace
(h)   Communion on the hand only
(i)     Ventilation of the church
(j)     Choirs may sing while observing the   guidelines of the HPSC - have a socially distant performance following risk assessment