No new restrictions on religious functions

No Covid-19 cases have been linked to churches

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The new directives will not impose any further restrictions on the Catholic Church’s religious functions, Fr Andrea Zaffarese confirmed to Newsbook.com.mt.

Fr Zaffarese was one of the guests in a special programme hosted by Newsbook.com.mt in light of the new measures announced by Health Minister Chris Fearne earlier in the day.

Earlier in the broadcast, Tanya Melillo, who heads Malta’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit, confirmed that no Covid-19 cases have been traced to the celebration of Mass, using churches – and hairdresser salons – as an example to highlight that wherever measures were followed strictly, no problems arose.

In his own intervention, Fr Zaffarese – the Archdiocese of Malta’s delegate for work and life in parishes – emphasised that the Church continually discussed the measures with the authorities, to ensure that churches remained as safe as possible.

Consequently, religious functions will not be affected by new restrictions including limiting groups to no more than 15 people.

Churches will continue to impose a maximum capacity, translating to one person per 4sqm of space. Parishioners need to wear face masks or visors at all times, their temperature is checked on entry and hand sanitising stations are in place. Additionally, people are required to stay 2m apart from each other, save those who live in the same household.

Funerals will also continue to take place, though once more, limits on capacity apply, as do any other confirmations scheduled to take place, with Fr Zaffarese highlighting that these were effectively masses with their own particular rituals.

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