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Having assessed the pandemic development and with a view to resuming social and economic activities, the Government announced on 13 December 2022 a series of adjusted anti-pandemic measures, effective 14 December, 2022. Measures applicable to religious premises (i.e, churches or Mass centres) are as follows:

1. The maximum number of persons at each religious gathering (e.g., a weekday or Sunday Mass, or a wedding) remains unchanged, i.e., 85% of the normal capacity of the venue. There is no restriction for participants at funerals.

2. All those who enter religious premises should comply with the vaccination requirements under the Vaccine Pass (Please refer to the Government website:

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/vp_t1_ENG.pdf, for details); but they do not have to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application nor to present the QR code of their vaccination record or Exemption Certificate.

3. For the time being and until further notice, Holy Communion should be received only “in the hand”. One’s hands should be sanitized before and after receiving Communion.

4. Regular environmental cleaning and disinfection on the facilities (such as the seats in a church) should be carried out.

Given at the Chancery Office,

15 December 2022.

Rev. Lawrence LEE

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