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Further clarification has been received from Government regarding the announcement on Tuesday that from Friday October 22nd,
“ religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place”.
The update from Government provides the following commentary:
This is a very positive measure, however it is imperative that all other Covid-19 protective measures remain in place in order to protect all members of our communities/congregations.
Premises should be well ventilated, hand sanitiser should be provided, Places of Worship should continue to use separate entry and exit routes, and face masks should be worn. Congregations should be encouraged to spread out as much as possible when attending Places of Worship and those experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms should be discouraged from attending.
As the capacity of Places of Worship and numbers attending varies greatly, the onus will be on each Place of Worship and community to consider what they are comfortable with and what best suits their congregation. This will be particularly relevant for funerals/special ceremonies, with large congregations in attendance. Attendees on these occasions should not be permitted to stand in the aisles or doorways and hand-shaking and the use of condolence books/sharing of Booklets etc should continue to be avoided.
Choirs or soloists performing in Places of Worship should be limited in line with the size/capacity of the venue, and should adhere to 2 metre social distance from other singers, the choir master, the congregation and any other individuals in the setting (as they will not be wearing face masks during performances).
Mass will still be viewable on the webcam. To participate spiritually visit the parish website www.gardinerstparish.ie and click on the webcam button; then press the play button.
Let us pray for each other and victims of this virus worldwide,
Fr. Richard O'Dwyer SJ
The following protocols were set to minimize the risks of contagion in the Church. We would appreciate strict adherence to these protocols for your own safety and out of respect for others.
- PEOPLE WHO ARE ILL SHOULD NOT ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES.
If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, high temperature) please do not visit the Church.
- Please do your best to respect physical distancing and not to block doors when entering and leaving the Church.
- Sanitize your hands-on entry. Sanitation stations are placed at the entrances of the Church and of the Parish Shop. Remember that hand sanitizer can be flammable, so ensure that your hands are completely dry before lighting candles.
- The practice of shaking hands on greeting and departure at religious services/ gatherings is suspended for both religious leaders/clergy and laity.
- For Holy communion please queue in the central aisle and maintain physical distancing while queuing.
- Holy Communion will be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue.
- Respiratory Hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with clean tissue when you cough and sneeze and then promptly dispose of the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough, or sneeze into the bend of your elbow instead, not into your hands.
- It is advisable to wear face masks while in the Church.
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation