Student representatives wearing face masks from Taipei Municipal Chongqing Junior High School pray at the Confucius temple before taking their high school entrance exams during a ceremony in Taipei on April 29. (Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP)
The Archdiocese of Taipei has announced it will resume Sunday Masses from May 10 after suspending them for almost two months following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The archdiocese, based in Taiwan's capital, announced on May 4 that it was resuming weekday and Sunday Masses. All public Masses were suspended on March 20.
However, the Archdiocesan Evangelization Assembly scheduled for May 23 has been postponed. A new date and place will be announced later, the archdiocese said in a notice.
Public Masses will be held strictly in compliance with social distancing norms and other globally established norms to ward off the coronavirus infection that causes Covid-19.
Each indoor Mass will have only 100 participants, who should register their names.
The archdiocese recommended celebrating more outdoor Masses for the benefit of the people. Massgoers are asked to maintain a safe distance outdoors also.
Parishioners with fever-like sickness or other symptoms of Covid-19 are exempted from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses.
While offering "peace" at Mass, Catholics are asked to avoid shaking hands. Instead, they should bow or show other forms of respect to each other, the notice said.
It also asked clergy and their helpers at Masses to clean their hands with alcohol-based liquid before delivering the Eucharist.
Taiwan has recorded 440 positive Covid-19 cases and six deaths. No new local infections have been reported since April 13.