The Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin has urged people to wear a face covering when attending churches in the Diocese.
People are being asked to wear a mask for all celebrations held within churches including mass, funerals and weddings.
Children under 13 years of age and those who have received medical advice to not wear a mask remain exempt.
“In light of the renewed government guidance issued last Tuesday, I would ask people to wear face coverings in Church for all liturgical celebrations such as Mass, funerals, weddings, baptisms, confirmations and First Communions, etc., so that we can create as safe an environment as possible for those who come to Church and minimise the possibility of spreading the virus,” Bishop Gavin said.
Meanwhile, the Bishop has paid tribute to those involved in putting measures in place to allow people to return to churches safely.
“Parishes have continued to implement these measures including hand sanitising on entering and leaving, cleaning after each ceremony, stewarding so that social distancing rules are adhered to, arranging the pod system so that groups of fifty people remain four metres apart as well as assisting people to approach for Communion is a socially distanced way.
“I want to thank all those who have worked so hard to implement measures so that people may participate in Mass and public worship in a safe manner and ask your support to ensure that such measures will be implemented," he said.