Churches to be exempted from 50 person rule

Churches and places of worship will be exempt from the 50-person indoor limit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Thursday evening.

Under the latest plan, most gatherings are to be limited to 50 people indoors and 200 people outdoors from Monday June 29th until July 20th, but not for Mass and other religious services.

“The Cabinet agreed that we would make an exception for places of worship. However the specific protocol is going to be worked out with churches and religious bodies to allow more people to attend religious ceremonies. It will be very much policed by them.”

He said the move was to acknowledge the fact that there are some large churches that can accommodate more than 50 people with social distancing.