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3.07.2020

Friday 3rd July: Breaking News from Irish Government Regarding Numbers at Places of Worship

Press Release which issued this evening from Government Information Services regarding numbers at Places of Worship.

Friday 3rd July 8pm

Cabinet Committee Reviews Progress on Ireland’s Covid-19 Response

The Taoiseach chaired the first meeting of the new Government’s Cabinet Committee on Ireland’s Covid-19 response earlier today. The Cabinet Committee was re-established by the new Government on the same basis as the outgoing Government to ensure continuity with the Government’s response to the global pandemic. Ministers received briefings from senior officials from relevant Government Departments, including the acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn.

Places of Worship

Detailed Covid-19 Guidance has been developed for religious services. The Cabinet Committee reviewed the guidance, which state that an assessment should be carried out for each premises to determine how many can attend within the requirements of social distancing.
The Cabinet Committee decided that where the size of the premises allows for a capacity of greater than 50 this may be permitted only where:

  • Social distancing guidelines are adhered to
  • The premises can be subdivided into distinct sections (cordoned or marked appropriately) of not more than 50 persons in each section
  • There is a minimum of 4m between sections
  • Each section having its own entrance/exit route
  • There are separate arrangements for elements of the service involving close contact, e.g. the distribution of Holy Communion
  • Strictly no movement of people between sections before, during or after the service
  • The premises is well-ventilated.

Account must also be taken regarding the risk of congregation by people outside before and after any services, having regard to outdoor overall limits on mass gatherings and arrangements for staggered exiting after ceremonies

The use of face coverings is strongly recommended for such indoor settings.

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