Churches are safer than supermarkets - that's according to Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon who's welcomed a letter of reassurance issued by Government party leaders to religious leaders outlining their commitment to the return of religious services.
Deputy Dillon recently spoke in the Dail, calling for some easing of restrictions to include the restoration of public worship in a safe and limited way.
The Fine Gael TD says most churches are well-ventilated buildings that can seat hundreds of people.
When allowed to open last year, he says Churches operated in a very safe manner with sanitising, allocated seats, one-way systems, limits on numbers, social distancing and face covers.
Deputy Dillon says we need to trust the public to adhere to public health protocols as we move forward with reopening society.
He insists the risks of Covid transmission when attending Church are much lower than busy supermarkets, which remained open right through the pandemic.