Directives regarding Funeral Masses issued

Precautionary measures to safeguard each person's health

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Following the meeting on Monday between the Maltese Bishops and Minister for Health Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci, when it was decided that mass will be allowed to be celebrated once again in funerals, today the Curia issued a set of directives that need to be adhered to during funeral masses.

The directives will come into effect as of todY, Friday 22nd May.

Funeral masses can now be celebrated at the cemetery, on the parvis of the church or else inside the church with a limited number of people.

The churches in which a funeral mass can be celebrated need to be larger than 500 square meters and only 20 people will be allowed to enter, however, it is being recommended that the mass is to be celebrated outdoors.

Signs will be provided for the attendees of the funeral so as to observe the social distancing measures and upon their arrival, a person wearing a visor will take the people’s temperature. Sanitizers will also be provided and masks shall be worn at all times. If any of the attendees will have high temperature they will not be allowed to enter the church or participate during the mass.

At no point, physical contact will be allowed during the mass and for the communion, it will be the priest who gives the host in hand.

Once the funeral mass is over the church will be disinfected.

The Curia said that these measures are intended to safeguard each and every person from contracting or transmitting coronavirus. More information can be found on the Archidiocese website.

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