URGENT NOTICE CONCERNING THE PASTORAL SITUATION IN COUNTY DUBLIN

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URGENT NOTICE CONCERNING THE PASTORAL SITUATION IN COUNTY DUBLIN UNDER CHANGED CORONAVIRUS NORMS

18 September 2020

It now seems most likely that the entire County Dublin will be placed on Level 3 of the Governments COVID-19 Resilience and National Recovery Plan, beginning at midnight tonight for a three-week period. I will send out more definitive guidance when the decisions are announced later, but I feel it is good to send this preliminary advice based on the published general Level 3 advice.

The norms apply only to Churches and Oratories within County Dublin. It does not apply to the Churches in the Archdiocese of Dublin in Counties Wicklow, Wexford, Kildare and Laois.

It is likely therefore that places of worship will remain closed from midnight tonight, except for private prayer, weddings and funerals. Attendance at wedding liturgies and funerals would be limited to 25. Religious services can be transited online with no public presence.

Effectively this places Churches in the position they were before the reopening earlier this summer, or as the situation was in counties Kildare and Laois early this month.

Confirmation and First Communion services will therefore not be possible during this period and will have to be postponed. Permission already granted for Confirmations remain valid for the new date.

+Diarmuid Martin
Friday 18 September 2020