We are conforming to guidlines provided by the Bishops of the Diocese in Europe. Where the Government of the Netherlands has lesser restrictions, we are allowed to comply with them. In the Netherlands, the Government has discussed with the CIO (Interkerkelijk Contact in Overhedszaken) to come up with “Routekaart Kerken” with how to safely return as risks lessen. Here is a summary of our current provisions, based on the current rates and the prevailing CIO guidelines:
- If you have symptoms, please stay at home and watch the service online
- Use hand gel when entering the building, receiving Holy Communion, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands
- Consider wearing a mouth mask
- Respect each other’s distance where possible
- Holy Communion will continue in current form, with the common cup available but with the assurance that receiving in one kind only (i.e. bread) is to receive the fullness of the sacrament
- We will increase ventilation if the air quality deteriorates during the service. This will mean opening doors and windows. If you feel cold easily, consider bringing a fleece blanket to cover your legs.
- If your health is particularly vulnerable, consider your own safety and make use of the online services if appropriate.