Covid-19

Find out how our parish is responding to the pandemic here.

Beyond Level 0 at St Mirin’s Cathedral

Beyond Level 0 St Mirin’s Cathedral
Almost all of Scotland’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions are to end from Monday 9th August, the first minister has confirmed. We give thanks to God for leading us through these most challenging times and we remember in our prayers all those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

Moving forward will not be as straightforward as returning to the state of play as it was before March 2020. We appreciate your support and patience as we try our best to respond to the legislation and guidance as it emerges.

The Scottish Government has indicated that face coverings will still be mandatory in indoor settings like the cathedral for quite some time. Those exempt from wearing face coverings in the Protection Levels remain so.

Social distancing rules will be dropped. This means that there is no legal requirement to sit socially distanced in the cathedral. However, we understand that some might feel anxious about this. There is a lot of space in the cathedral, so we will continue to provide limited 1-metre socially distanced seating towards the back of the cathedral for those who wish to use it.

Booking to attend Masses will not be necessary. However, Scotland’s contact tracing service—Test & Protect—will continue to contact-trace positive cases of Covid. We await clarification from the Scottish Government and the Diocese of Paisley whether we are required to continue recording the details of those who attend Masses and other liturgies in the cathedral.

In the meantime, and to assist the volunteer stewards who face dealing with higher numbers of attendees, we will produce a QR code for those who have smart phones to check in quickly, and a database with the names and contact details of regular attendees who have attended a Vigil or Sunday Mass since 17th July. If your name is not already on the database, it will be added when you arrive.

To protect your data, your contact details will be stored securely on the parish computer and will only be shared with Test & Protect if required. Since June 2020, Test & Protect has never required the details of anyone attending Mass at the cathedral. Stewards will only have access to names (and not contact details) for the purposes of recording attendance. Please note that if you do not consent to your name and contact details being stored in the parish database, you should let one of your priests know as soon as possible.

When you arrive at a Vigil, Sunday or weekday Mass, please queue from the front door on the side of Cathedral House to register your attendance with a steward; queue from the front door on the side of the Cathedral Halls to scan the QR code.

We appreciate how complicated this might seem. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

With every blessing,
Monsignor Joe and Father Ryan

Attending Mass during the Pandemic

A number of guidelines are in place for those attending Masses during the pandemic:

  • Congregational singing is permitted;
  • You must wear a face mask or covering while you are in the cathedral;
  • You must sanitise your hands upon entry;
  • You must not come to the cathedral if you are showing Covid-19 symptoms.

Volunteering to Steward at Mass

Our parish community is indebted to the small team of stewards who have volunteered to help with Track and Trace and with sanitising the pews after each Mass. Quite simply, we would not be allowed to gather for Masses in the cathedral without their help.

With the numerical cap on congregations lifted, it is more important than ever that we have a larger team of volunteers.

Anyone without a serious underlying health condition is eligible to volunteer. Please consider it.

If you would like to volunteer to help at a Mass, please speak to Fr Joe or Fr Ryan as soon as possible, or email [email protected].

Bishop Keenan prepares to livestream at an empty St Mirin’s Cathedral (Good Friday 2020)