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Coronavirus in Cádiz: Phase 1/3 in churches

Coronavirus in Cádiz: Phase 1/3 in churches

Coronavirus in Cádiz: Phase 1/3 in churches

In the Caminito chapel they have placed some signs in the central part of the benches where it is easy to read: NO, to prevent people fro...
Comments Saturday, May 09, 2020
Coronavirus in Cádiz: Phase 1/3 in churches

In the Caminito chapel they have placed some signs in the central part of the benches where it is easy to read: NO, to prevent people from sitting down. With very large letters, so that there are no doubts or nobody says "I didn't see it." In the parish of San Agustín they have placed in the middle of the central nave a table with a bottle of hydroalcoholic gel. Phase 1 of the central government's de-escalation plan includes the possibility that churches can regain public worship - if it was ever banned, which has never been made clear - and the churches of the diocese prepare thoroughly for the I begin this Monday of that Phase 1 in Cádiz.

The reopening of the churches will not be normal at all. For starters, because the parish priests, rectors, and heads of each temple will have to enforce the government rule that there is only 33% of the allowed capacity within the church (counting that very few churches, if there are any, had established up to now what was its capacity). And also, because both the Spanish Episcopal Conference and the Bishopric of Cádiz have published a series of guidelines, indications and recommendations for the return of the masses to be as safe as possible for the attending public and for the priests themselves.

The head of the Health Ministry of the diocese, Fernando Carmona, considers three aspects as fundamental in this return to the churches: “that the distance of two meters within the church be maintained, that we use all the masks so that at any time in that the space between people is less than two meters we have security, and hand washing. ” This Health Ministry was one of the first to transfer to the priests the measures that must be put in place so that the celebration of Masses returns safely; and these days there is a lot of advisory activity ahead of the start of this Phase 1 in the diocese.

The 'post-Covid' masses

There is no obligatory date for the opening of the temples, nor are there any obligations that must be strictly observed. "Just as each parish priest has been assuming the decisions that he has seen necessary so far based on the number of faithful, the state of the parish and others, now the same thing will happen," they transfer from the Bishopric. In other words, each priest will decide on what day the worship will resume and how he will articulate the necessary measures to fulfill the obligations and heed the recommendations.

The listing to accomplish this is quite extensive. In the parish of San José, for example, this Sunday there will be a thorough cleaning and disinfection, following the guidelines established by the Ministry of Culture (as it is a building of Cultural Interest) and the indications will be established appropriate to ensure that at each mass there are a maximum of seventy people (the third of the capacity). In the Old Cathedral, for their part, they have entrusted this integral disinfection to a specialized company, which on Monday will act inside the temple to open on Tuesday, after this week it has already proceeded to clean and disinfect the parish offices. .

“We expect a calm response; that the people go back to mass little by little and everything with responsibility and with normality ”, they transfer from the Bishopric. "It will not be the opening of a shopping center the day the sales begin," they explain very graphically. Among other issues, because the Spanish Episcopal Conference has renewed the dispensation of the Sunday provision to prevent the most vulnerable people against the virus from staying at home, or because many churches are going to keep masses online - a great discovery in these weeks of confinement - despite reopening its doors.

Precisely, one of the issues that is most valued since the Bishopric in the midst of this Covid-19 epidemic and its repercussions on the daily life of the Church is "the attitude of the people." "The responsibility of the faithful has been evident at all times," it is indicated. Faithful who agreed to go home in the middle of Lent, when the state of alarm was declared that allowed the cult but ended up closing the churches, and that from Monday they will return to the churches. "The priests tell us that people want to return to mass, the impression is that there is a need to go to church," they indicate from the Bishopric, who hopes to recover normalcy little by little. Although the Health delegate warns: “What is going to happen no one knows for sure. And just as health professionals are preparing for any situation, be it a new wave, an upturn, or the virus disappearing, at Church level the same attitude must be followed, because the measures established may continue in time, or we can soon return to what was normal before. ”

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