See CBCEW: Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (cbcew.org.uk)

  • The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

  • It is important that we continue to create a safe environment - strong emphasis on common sense and risk averse activities.

  • Churches should continue to provide hand sanitiser at entrances and exits and face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn by those in church.

  • Care must be taken to ensure that churches continue to be places where people feel safe to gather to worship. Despite the relaxation of regulation, we should continue to respect the desire of those who wish to maintain a certain distance.

  • It is recommended that singing should be phased in gently as part of worship over the summer period and that face coverings should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together.

  • As long as the NHS Test, Track and Trace system is in operation, churches should continue to make available the means for people to sign in for acts of worship.

  • It is no longer necessary to have one-way systems or other restrictions on movement in churches from this time onward. People should exercise good responsible behaviour especially when moving to receive Holy Communion during Mass and should avoid getting too close to each other.

  • The deployment of stewards will no longer be necessary to show people to designated seats etc. However, a welcoming presence at the church door is a valuable sign of hospitality, and stewards can assist in the cleaning of frequently used touch points within the church building.

  • The physical Sign of Peace remains suspended.

  • Holy Communion will continue to be under one kind and the ministers will continue to sanitise their hands beforehand and wear a face covering whilst distributing. Communion is recommended to be distributed in the hand but those who wish to receive on the tongue may do so.

  • The 10:30am Mass was introduced last year to facilitate distancing. To help us get back to a more normal pattern this will cease from 18/07/2021.