Scotland’s Bishops have welcomed the First Minister’s comments on Thurs. 9 July on places of worship and have announced the resumption of communal worship in Catholic parishes from 15 July.
Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said: “To have been unable to attend Mass for many months has been a source of real sadness for Scotland’s Catholics and I am sure there will be great joy at the prospect of returning…Thanks to the widespread implementation of the church’s Infection Control protocols, Catholic parishes will begin the resumption of public Masses and other communal activities from 15 July.”
Bishop Gilbert added: “While thanking the Scottish Government for listening to these calls, we would remind parishioners that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended and ask those who return to do so in accordance with the infection control measures in force in each parish, mindful always of the need to protect themselves and others.”
The First Minister on 9 July announced:
After careful consideration, we have decided that from 15 July, places of worship can reopen for communal prayer, congregational services and contemplation. However, numbers will be strictly limited; 2 metres physical distancing will be required; and there will be a requirement to collect the contact details and time of attendance of those entering a place of worship. Unfortunately, given what we know of transmission risks, singing and chanting will also be restricted.’
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