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Important Note re: Increasing Church Capacity from Christmas Eve 2021

A note from the Bulletin:

The Bishop has advised that we can relax some of the restrictions in our churches, in line with many other Dioceses. Many of the existing restrictions will still apply and are listed here:

- Hand sanitiser – to continue to be used on entry and exit

- Masks – to continue to be worn unless a medical exception applies

- Social distancing – to continue to keep one metre between households in the same pew

The Bishop has also said that we are now able to use each pew, but we do need to keep to a safe distance from the people in front and behind so we must not kneel forward as this would bring us too close to the person in front. This change will mean that we can welcome more people into our weekend Masses, and especially the Christmas Masses. With this increase in allowed numbers, St Godric’s 90, St Joseph’s 120 we are also removing the need to book in for weekend Masses with effect from the first weekend in January. We realise that some may feel anxious with this increase in numbers, especially with the recent surge of the Omicron Variant, and if so, you might consider attending Masses during the week as an alternative, where fewer people attend.


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