There may only be 10 people at a time worshipping at Catholic churches in Armidale, but after eight weeks of COVID-19 shutdown they are open again.
Health and social distancing guidelines for coronavirus are being followed at parish churches, including limiting congregations to 10 and collecting the contact information of those attending.
Bishop Michael Kennedy welcomed the easing of restrictions on public gatherings saying "whilst we have been willing to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID19 virus, it is great news that our churches are open even with the limitations on the numbers of people able to attend at any one time".
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He said that "people are the most beautiful adornment in any church as they come to worship, give thanks and praise to the one true living God".
"Even though not everyone will be able to attend a Sunday Mass it is hoped that most people will be able to attend a Mass during the week," Bishop Kennedy said.
The priests of the Diocese have scheduled additional Masses throughout the week and on the weekend, with people encouraged to contact their local Parish office for Mass times and how to book in to attend a Mass.
Information is also on the Diocesan website www.armidale.catholic.org.au