The Government has asked the National Public Health Emergency team to consider increasing the cap of 50 people at religious services.
Sligo Leitrim TD Frank Feighan has made the calls calling for more common sense when it comes to religious services.
Speaking in the Dáil Deputy Feighan said “there was great disappointment within the faith community in last week when restrictions on churches were only lifted ever so slightly. The Sligo Leitrim Constituency takes in 6 different Catholic Dioceses and from speaking with representatives and Bishop’s of most of them about this issue its clear that people are deeply disturbed by the reports that churches won’t be able to resume masses once again on 29th June. The proposed new measures were not included in the advice they were given two weeks ago.
Deputy Feighan added that “these people, who go to church regularly have waited patiently to get the all clear to be able to return to mass. They have worked hard within the NPHET guidelines to prepare to return to mass within the COVID19 guidelines. These people are now very disappointed, and I hope that we can change this ruling and allow churches re-open to larger numbers of worshipers”.
Deputy Feighan says many larger churches locally can cater for lager numbers