10 Jun 2020

Back to Mass for a few

The Southern Cross  |  June 2020

Back to Mass for a few

South Australian Catholics have returned to Mass, albeit in much smaller numbers, following the easing of restrictions on places of worship.

From June 1, new government regulations allowed for a maximum of 20 people to attend a place of worship, with social distancing and extra hygiene measures still in place.

Acting chancellor Sarah Moffatt, who has been part of a team of Christian leaders involved in discussions with the State Government about the restrictions, said the increase in the number of people able to be inside churches was welcomed and a step in the right direction.

“However, the leaders of Christian churches are continuing to discuss with the government the ability to be permitted to utilise the capacity of their church building, whilst maintaining physical distance (one person per four sqm) and hygiene and hand sanitisation,” she said.

Premier Steven Marshall acknowledged that a limit of 20 people (excluding staff) per room was challenging for churches which   function as one room.

He said the government would work to develop a safe, risk managed approach to places of worship.

Until that time, large services would continue to be prohibited.

While the obligation for Sunday Mass for the laity has not been reinvoked at this stage, many parishioners are welcoming the opportunity to worship and receive communion inside a church.

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