Funeral services are being limited to no more than ten people.

The Government wants to ensure mourners can bury their loved ones with respect, while still ensuring they are protected from COVID-19.

The measure applies to all deaths - not just those as a result of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that Funeral Masses will continue to be celebrated with immediate family members only, across all 6 western dioceses, and churches across the region will remain open during the pandemic.

In three dioceses in other areas of the country,  funeral Masses have been discontinued under the present Covid-19 restrictions and churches have been closed.

However, the  Bishop of Killala Dr John Fleming told Midwest News today that funeral Masses will be available in the Archdiocese of Tuam, and the dioceses of Galway, Elphin, Killala, Achonry and Clonfert, (the 6 western dioceses).

Bishop Fleming said that baptism will be offered if there is a risk to a child’s mortality, and that weddings can be celebrated with just the couple and two witnesses attending.

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