THE Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin has confirmed that funerals are proceeding in the Diocese in accordance with government guidance.
The latest guidance states that immediate family members may still attend funeral masses and burials, provided that social distancing and hand hygiene rules are adhered to. No more than 10 people may attend, and this number may be restricted further in smaller buildings. Churches may also put in place restrictions, which respond to specific local circumstances.
The guidance relates to all funerals including those arising out of COVID-19 deaths.
Bishop Gavin said that “for the present, in this diocese, we will continue to follow this guidance supporting our people pastorally and prayerfully.” A spokesperson for the Diocese confirmed that while several priests in the diocese are required to ‘cocoon’, a system has been implemented whereby priests from neighbouring parishes have undertaken to cover for them should any pastoral need arise including the celebration of Funeral Masses. "Therefore all parishes continue to be served by a priest in these difficult and challenging circumstances," the spokesperson said.
A Church of Ireland spokesperson for the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross said that funerals are proceeding in the diocese, "in a shortened form at gravesides only."