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The Bishopric of Malaga prohibits tourist visits to temples during the early stages of the coronavirus de-escalation

The Bishopric of Malaga prohibits tourist visits to temples during the early stages of the coronavirus de-escalation

The Bishopric of Malaga prohibits tourist visits to temples during the early stages of the coronavirus de-escalation

The Bishopric of Malaga has published a regulation that will govern the celebration of public worship in the city's temples during t...
Comments Wednesday, May 06, 2020
The Bishopric of Malaga prohibits tourist visits to temples during the early stages of the coronavirus de-escalation


The Bishopric of Malaga has published a regulation that will govern the celebration of public worship in the city's temples during the normalization phases of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to this decree, concentration should be avoided and places for prayer and worship should be identified. Likewise, tourist visits will not be allowed in phases 1 and 2 of the de-escalation.

A maximum capacity is established inside the churches of one third in the first phase and 50% in the second, in order to respect the safety distance. However, in Malaga the measure adopted in Seville to replace the benches with chairs is not contemplated at the moment, each temple will study possible solutions to guarantee security in the coming weeks. The water basins will remain empty and the doors of the parishes will be kept open at the entrance and exit of the celebrations to avoid having to touch the knobs.

The celebration of the solemnity of Corpus Christi will take place with a mass in each parish, keeping the measures in force at all times. In addition, in the temples where space permits, there will be a cloistered procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and the faithful should remain in their place, always recommending the use of masks.

If the same cannot be done, a time of Eucharistic adoration will be enabled with the blessing. In this way, the external processions of Corpus Christi are suspended, following the line of some Gloria corporations in the city that have already announced the suspension of their processional parades.

The Bishopric has some considerations to keep in mind during the liturgy, such as the recommendation to keep a single cantor, not to distribute song sheets, not to pass the basket during the offertory, or the disinfection of hands by priests immediately before and after distributing communion, among other measures. Each temple must place a sign on the door indicating the maximum capacity allowed.

In acts such as the kissing of the sacred images that are worshiped, the faithful should limit themselves to bowing while respecting the established measures. With respect to other celebrations, the Bishopric affirms that a wide space must be chosen for confessions and that the security distance must be maintained by ensuring confidentiality, for which parish offices could be used.

Special care must also be taken in hygiene at baptisms, which will be performed in short rites, and weddings, in which rings and jars can only be handled by the parties.

According to the indications received, the application of these measures will come into effect on Monday, May 11, so that in the celebrations on Sunday, May 17, there will already be an evaluation and a proven experience of the previous days.

The Bishopric intends to open its doors from Monday, May 11, from 10:30 to 12:30, although it recommends that all documents that do not need to be physically submitted be sent electronically.

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