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The Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta have issued new COVID-19 guidelines for churchgoers who in June can attend mass once again.

The new measures were unveiled Tuesday under guidelines developed by a task force led by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary. Parishes that have made the necessary preparations will be able to begin offering weekday masses on June 1 and Sunday masses as of June 7.

“The return of our people to the eucharist after all this time will be a moment of joy for both priests and parishioners, but there is still a long way to do,” said Smith, in a Tuesday statement. “We will need to demonstrate that we have succeeded in providing a safe environment for mass with small groups before we can proceed to the next stage and open masses to larger groups. For that reason, we ask once more for your patience, understanding, and prayers as we take these first steps forward.”

The bishops have a detailed list of conditions designed to protect the health and safety of parishioners, volunteers, staff and clergy. The document follows the province’s guidance for places of worship as part of the relaunch strategy as well as consultations with chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and other experts.

Some of the new guidelines include limiting the total number of participants at each mass to 50 — or even fewer if required to accommodate physical distancing. The maximum number includes the priest, liturgical ministers, livestream videographers, ushers, cleaners, and anyone else present during mass.

Attendees will also be asked a series of health and travel-related questions as recommended by Alberta Health Services and contact information will be recorded for the purpose of contact tracing, if necessary.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at doors and around the church and masks will be required to be worn by all staff, volunteers and communicants.

Physical distancing will be observed throughout mass, including unoccupied “spacer” pews that will be marked or roped off to ensure distancing between congregants.

While congregants will be able to receive the communion bread, there will be no distribution of wine. Communicants will have to wear a mask to approach for communion, as will the priest distributing it.

There will also be no sign of the peace or holy water in fonts.

All social gatherings are prohibited in the churches and social visits and contact between people of different households such as hand-shaking or sharing of communal items is not allowed. Social visits outside the church may take place, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

A full list of conditions for the Archdiocese of Edmonton can be found at caedm.ca.

ajunker@postmedia.com

@junkeranna

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta have issued new COVID-19 guidelines for churchgoers who in June can attend mass once again.

The new measures were unveiled Tuesday under guidelines developed by a task force led by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary. Parishes that have made the necessary preparations will be able to begin offering weekday masses on June 1 and Sunday masses as of June 7.

“The return of our people to the eucharist after all this time will be a moment of joy for both priests and parishioners, but there is still a long way to do,” said Smith, in a Tuesday statement. “We will need to demonstrate that we have succeeded in providing a safe environment for mass with small groups before we can proceed to the next stage and open masses to larger groups. For that reason, we ask once more for your patience, understanding, and prayers as we take these first steps forward.”

The bishops have a detailed list of conditions designed to protect the health and safety of parishioners, volunteers, staff and clergy. The document follows the province’s guidance for places of worship as part of the relaunch strategy as well as consultations with chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and other experts.

Some of the new guidelines include limiting the total number of participants at each mass to 50 — or even fewer if required to accommodate physical distancing. The maximum number includes the priest, liturgical ministers, livestream videographers, ushers, cleaners, and anyone else present during mass.

Attendees will also be asked a series of health and travel-related questions as recommended by Alberta Health Services and contact information will be recorded for the purpose of contact tracing, if necessary.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at doors and around the church and masks will be required to be worn by all staff, volunteers and communicants.

Physical distancing will be observed throughout mass, including unoccupied “spacer” pews that will be marked or roped off to ensure distancing between congregants.

While congregants will be able to receive the communion bread, there will be no distribution of wine. Communicants will have to wear a mask to approach for communion, as will the priest distributing it.

There will also be no sign of the peace or holy water in fonts.

All social gatherings are prohibited in the churches and social visits and contact between people of different households such as hand-shaking or sharing of communal items is not allowed. Social visits outside the church may take place, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

A full list of conditions for the Archdiocese of Edmonton can be found at caedm.ca.

ajunker@postmedia.com

@junkeranna

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Anger, outrage and disappointment simply won’t cut it. Telling me you are concerned won’t cut it.
The report from the military on some of the conditions at five of the worst-hit long-term care homes is nothing short of disturbing.
Residents left in soiled diapers, rotting food, flies, cockroaches and worst of all, poor infection controls in the middle of a pandemic that left residents as sitting ducks as the virus spread throughout their homes.Anger, outrage and disappointment simply won’t cut it. Telling me you are concerned won’t cut it.
The report from the military on some of the conditions at five of the worst-hit long-term care homes is nothing short of disturbing.
Residents left in soiled diapers, rotting food, flies, cockroaches and worst of all, poor infection controls in the middle of a pandemic that left residents as sitting ducks as the virus spread throughout their homes.

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