Reopen for mass with public after 3 months

Knisja.mt/ritratti

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

After having been forced to close their doors to the public last March, Maltese and Gozitan churches will be reopening them to welcome worshippers for mass as from this evening.

Because of the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, churches across the country closed their doors on 12 March. To reach out to the community, daily mass was being broadcast online and on television.

As the number of cases dropped, a number of funerals started to be held in a number of churches, as well as outdoors, as from 22 May and on 1 June, Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that the public could start going to Church as from mid-June.

The Maltese Episcopal Conference held a meeting the next day, with Archbishop Charles Scicluna announcing that to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, public mass will start being held in churches across Malta and Gozo on the evening of Saturday 13 June and on Sunday 14 June. The decision was taken in consultation with the health authorities.

The Curia held various meetings with parish priests and with volunteers who help out in churches to train them on the precautions that were required. Its directives, published on the Archdiocese of Malta’s website knisja.mt, establish the procedures that must be observed before, during and after mas.

These directives concerning the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 include the social distancing of the congregation, the use of visors of masks and sanitisation of the premises. To respect these measures, the maximum number of people who can attend mass in each church has been established, based on its size.

In light of this, some parishes have opted to introduce online booking to allow their parishioners to ensure that there will be a place waiting for them when they head to church.