The easing of lockdown restrictions from May 10th including the return of in-person religious services has been welcomed by Senator Eugene Murphy.
From 10th May places of worship will be able to recommence services in-person with a maximum of 50 people in attendance.
50 people will also be permitted to attend funerals and wedding ceremonies (both civil and religious).
However, just six people will be able to attend an indoor wedding reception and 15 allowed outdoors. From 7th June, 25 guests will be able to attend wedding receptions.
“It is most welcome to see a return to in-person church services as up to 50 people can now attend funerals and wedding ceremonies and it will be fantastic to see people being able to return to their churches.
“I think it is very important that up to 50 people can now attend funerals as this was particularly difficult for grieving families having to pick and choose who could attend and it will help bring comfort to those grieving loved ones.
“This past year has been so difficult, and people were finding life very stressful-I understand the importance of faith and worship to people. It is so important for people’s well-being and mental health. I know not being able to attend Church has been a cause of major upset and frustration for people, particularly elderly members of society but thankfully from May 10th, in-person religious services can resume with a maximum of 50 people in attendance,” concluded Senator Murphy.