Watch: Funeral ceremonies resume after ten weeks

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

As from Friday, the funeral ceremonies including mass have resumed under certain conditions after ten weeks, after they were temporarily banned since March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Among the funeral ceremonies held on Friday, was a mass celebrated at the cemetery in Siġġiewi which was presided over Mgr Paul Vella.

The health authorities have given the go ahead for funeral ceremonies to resume following a meeting held between the bishops and the health authorities including Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci.

The Curia issued directives on funeral masses on Friday. 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.

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