The text below is an extract from the latest communication from our diocese. Please read and keep in mind:
With regards Life Cycle Ceremonies, from 28th September the numbers that are allowed to attend are as follows:
· funerals remain at 30
· weddings are reduced to 15. ‘Venue workers’ e.g. the presiding minister, are not included in this number.
· For all other Life Cycle Ceremonies (Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion) the Rule of Six applies.
Only six people, including the infant at a baptism, may attend.
What is not clear from the guidance is if this includes the presiding minister. I would suggest that until specifically told otherwise, it does not include the minster.
This number may only be exceeded if the Life Cycle Ceremony takes place within communal worship i.e. a weekday or Sunday Mass when the limit of the venue applies.
However, groups of six attending should not mingle.