Mass in Malta will finally reopen its doors on 13th June after months being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Archbishop Charles Scicluna has confirmed.
Religious services will resume on the weekend of 13th and 14th June when Roman Catholics celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi which honours the Eucharist.
Strict restrictions will be put in the place, with Scicluna stressing that Malta’s churches will need to follow principles of ensuring the use of face masks, hand santisers, and social distancing.
The number of people inside a church will be limited, with the Curia set to unveil a calculation to determine how many people will be allowed indoors. Under directives issued for funerals a few weeks ago, a limit of one person per five square meters for outdoor funerals was imposed.
Scicluna made it clear that people who are unable to come to mass should not feel compelled to do so. The Curia will continue airing sermons on TVM and social media for the time being.
For communion, the priest will be asked to wear a visor while also washing his hands with santiser. The priest will gently place the host in the patron’s hand and ensure there is no physical contact.
Holy communions and confirmations set to take place throughout the next few months will be allowed, subject to the same conditions.
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