Bishop Robert Byrne CO, in consultation with the Episcopal Council, has taken both Clergy and Lay advice with regard to HM Government’s announcement about Step 4 of the Covid–19 Roadmap. Due to the very high infection rates across all areas of the Diocese, Bishop Robert has asked that Clergy retain all of the COVID control measures and cleaning protocols that they are currently following in all of our churches and church halls until at least the end of August 2021. In September there will be a review of available data and guidance to allow further decisions to be made regarding controls and protocols.
The full text of Bishop Robert’s statement is available on the Diocesan website here
A statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales can also be read here