Latest guidance - Covid-19 in places of worship

Latest guidance - Covid-19 in places of worship

This week, the government has updated the guidance for the safe use of places of worship and the Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales has given advice to all diocese.

Taking into account these changes, the Archdiocese of Liverpool has given the following advice to all parishes:
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended for all those who come into church for all services.
  • There should be the opportunity offered to sanitise hands before and after entry to church.
  • There should be a return to the normal mode of celebrating Mass and other liturgies. (Holy Communion will remain under one kind only (the Sacred Host.)
  • There is no need for any social distancing in churches, but if a section can be offered that would be a sensitive gesture.
  • Good ventilation should continue
  • Holy water can be restored. The sign of peace can be restored. The use of books and other worship aids (e.g. hymn books) can be restored.
  • Ministers of the Eucharist should sanitise before and after administering the Sacrament.
  • Visits to the housebound and sick can be restored (if they have not yet been) bearing in mind the need to ensure that infection is not spread.
 
These guidelines will be reviewed again prior to Holy Week.

The advice from the Bishops’ Conference can be found here:  www.cbcew.org.uk/covid-guidance-collective-worship/