|REOPENING OF CHURCHES|
The Reopening of Churches will happen when guidelines have been agreed by the Government and the Bishops’ Conference. A multi-faith task force, including Cardinal Vincent, is working with the Government on this. The Catholic Church has submitted a detailed plan to the Government for churches to be opened for private prayer which conform to public health guidelines. But we are not there yet. When the time comes, hand sanitisers will be provided, tape will mark safe distances on floors and benches, and signage will be installed. Reopening will depend on this. Full compliance is a requirement for reopening. Churches must be safe and be shown to be safe. We will keep you informed.
You can view the latest position from the Church in England & Wales at the Bishops’ Conference website at https://www.cbcew.org.uk/catholic-bishops-respond-to-governments-lockdown-easing-plans/
You can view the latest position of the Government concerning places of worship website at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-taskforce-developing-plan-to-reopen-places-of-worship
For those of you who are frustrated, you are invited to write to your MP. Our Churches must and can only wait for directives to come from the Bishops’ Conference, which in turn act in accordance with the Government Directives. As the situation changes, we will let you know.