Friday 30 October, 2020

Catholic Church revisits policy amid COVID-19 spread

Despite saying that no changes would be made to services just yesterday, the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain is now updating their guidelines.   

Effective immediately and until further notice, the Church has implemented the following measures: 

  • Holy Communion will be distributed only in the hand (not on the tongue) 

  • No distribution of the Precious Blood  

  • At the exchange of the Sign of the Peace, no handshakes are to be given (make a small bow instead)  

  • No holy water will be provided for use in public spaces  

  • Ministers who distribute communion must sanitise hands before and after distribution 

  • Sanitise or wash hands with soap before and after church and after leaving church restroom  

  • Cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw tissue into a closed bin  

  • Seek medical assistance and stay isolated if you exhibit any flu-like symptoms 

The Church says the new measures have been instated due to the government’s decision to increase their preparedness in the event that the virus makes its way to T&T. 

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