From Monday 19th July many of the legal restrictions around measures to prevent the spread of COVID -19 were lifted in England. This does not mean that coronavirus has gone away. We will have to learn to live with COVID -19 for the foreseeable future, managing the risk for ourselves and others. The guidance issued by the Bishops’ Conference, whilst encouraging, enables us to move forward with a cautious approach, allowing us to take local infection rates etc. into consideration when keeping/removing certain restrictions.
The following guidance is in place at St. Theresa’s for the time being:
- Holy Water Stoups are still not permitted.
- Holy Communion will continue to be under one kind and Fr. Lee/Deacon Des will continue to sanitise their hands beforehand. Communion is recommended to be distributed in the hand but
those who wish to receive on the tongue may do so.
- The wearing of face coverings in church will be down to personal choice and is no longer required by law. We would encourage the continuation of masks if desirable.
- Benches will, for the time being, remain socially distanced with a view to moving everything back to normal in September 2021.
- We shall continue to provide hand sanitiser at the entrances/exit and encourage people to continue using them.
- We shall endeavour to keep the large front doors open to ensure some ventilation in church.
- We shall continue to clean the church, paying particular attention to common touch points such as door handles.
- Our QR Code will remain visible for those who wish to scan it via the NHS App.
- We ask anyone feeling unwell or anyone who tests positive for COVID to please stay at home.
At present it is the intention of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, to reintroduce the Obligation to be at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation from the 1st Sunday of Advent (28th November
2021), until that time, it remains suspended.We shall look to slowly reintroduce those things that have been suspended due to COVID over the next few months and will of course communicate these to you. We will continue to follow the guidance issued and take local information into consideration to keep everybody as safe as we can. Thank you