After an eight-month gap, churches in Mumbai will resume Sunday Mass starting today
After being closed since March this year due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, churches in Mumbai will resume Mass starting Sunday in strict compliance with all government regulations and necessary established protocols.
The state government had allowed religious sites to reopen on November 16. However, the churches remained closed and until now only private prayers were allowed.
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On March 25, the Center had imposed a nationwide blockade to control the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country, prompting the closure of all religious places of worship and a ban on public gatherings.
Guidelines Devotees Should Follow:
In accordance with government guidelines, face masks have been made mandatory and those entering churches will have to follow social distancing rules.
Adults over 65, children under 10, and people with fever, cold, cough, and comorbidities will not be allowed inside the church facilities.
Churches will continue to organize masses online for people who cannot go out from now on, according to the Archbishop of Bombay.
To maintain social distancing, devotees have been asked to sit only in marked seats. Prayer books will be absent.
All devotees are requested to go through thermal scanners upon entry. Foot pedal dispensers have been provided to sanitize your hands.
There will be spaces between Mass to allow church authorities to fumigate the site.