Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has issued guidelines regarding current arrangements on public Masses. See below the concise, practical extract.

Update on numbers permitted to attend Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms
(published on 10 July 2020)

Today the Scottish Government announced that the maximum number of attendees at a funeral, wedding or baptism has been set to 20.

Health protocol for distribution of Holy Communion
(published on 9 July 2020)

Clergy distributing Holy Communion should:

  • sanitise their hands immediately prior to distributing Holy Communion
  • wear a face covering while distributing Holy Communion
  • direct congregants to receive Holy Communion in their hand by stretching out their arms with one hand on top of the other, then taking steps to the side to place the host on the tongue.

Churches can re-open for Mass from 15th July 2020
(published on 9 July 2020)

On 9th July 2020, the Scottish Government announced that Churches MAY re-open to worshippers for services with effect from 15th July 2020.  Before a church can re-open, it must observe the following requirements:

  • social distancing must be observed
  • face-coverings must be worn by those attending (except under-5s)
  • a maximum attendance of 50 people at Mass is being required for now – to be reviewed on 30th July
  • for each service, the parish must retain details of names and contact details of all attendees.