Priests and ministers of the Eucharist will wear face masks or coverings while distributing Communion, once Churches reopen later this month.

Catholic bishops have issued their formal guidance to priests on the return to public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, and the protocols parishes must put in place to ensure people can return safely.

The framework document recommends priests and ministers of the Eucharist should wear a face covering while distributing Communion, and should sanitise their hands before and after Communion.

Numbers attending Masses, Holy Communions and Confirmations will be tightly restricted in line with social distancing requirements of two metres, with holy water fonts in Churches being kept empty and hand sanitisers provided at all entrances and exits.

The Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary says parishes are busy preparing to reopen churches from the 29th June, but says resuming public worship does not mean going back to where we were before the pandemic.

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