Easing of Covid Restrictions in the Cathedral (Phase 1)

From next weekend, 2nd/ 3rd October, every second seat will be available in the Cathedral and we will no longer require people to pre-book or use an assigned seat for Sunday Mass. Please sit where you please – you do not need to sit where you have been sitting over the past year and a half.

In this phase, each person is asked to take responsibility for their own actions and to be conscious of protecting others and being considerate of them. Please follow the following guidelines:

  • Please respect people’s need for space: Two couples should sit at either end of a pew; two/three persons from a household should sit at one end of the pew while one person from another household can sit at the other end.
  • Do not crowd into pews, especially towards the back – we need to continue to move into the front pews and the side aisles and to use all the space in the Cathedral.
  • Please respect social distancing when leaving the Cathedral at the end of Mass – do not crowd into one another at the doors.
  • You are asked to wear a facemask when in the Cathedral.
  • Please sanitise your hands when entering and leaving the Cathedral
  • If you wish to sanitise your pew, wipes will continue to be available.
  • For the moment, please continue to follow the current system for coming to Holy Communion in the nave (centre aisle): right (pulpit) side first, and then the left side, one row at a time, maintaining social distancing between different households.
  • Funeral attendance remains restricted to family, close friends and neighbours. We ask families to respect a limit of 100 attendees.
  • Marriages continue to be restricted to 100 attendees.
  • We ask families to respect a limit of 10 attendees at baptisms.

Collection baskets will not be used at this time: please place your Sunday Offering in the secure boxes provided at the Cathedral entrances


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