Policy on the Safe Opening and Celebration of Masses

 at the Church of the Resurrection, Bryanston, 

during the COVID 19 Pandemic



1. Process Owners 3
2. Intent of this document 3
3. Purpose of the policy 3
4. Related Documents 3
5. Abbreviations and definitions 4
6. Preparing the Parish for reopening 4
7. Mass times and location 5
8. Staff and volunteers 5
9. Parishioners 5
10. Pre-arrival 5
11. Arrival 5
12. Screening 6
13. Mass 6
14. Tech teams 6
15. Amenities 6
16. Procedure should a Parishioner, Volunteer, or Priest become symptomatic during Mass 7
17. Mass: Departure 7
18. Catechism for children 7
19. Confession and quiet time 7
20. Funerals 7
21. Annexure A 9
22. Annexure B 11


Process Owners:

The Parish Priest



Intent of this Document:


Mindful of the need for the Church of the Resurrection, Bryanston (the Parish) to return to public worship, the Parish Priest, Assistant Parish Priest and the Parish Pastoral Council (the PPC) recognize the need for strict adherence to the regulations and guidelines prescribed by the Government and the Archdiocese of Johannesburg;


Mindful that COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) was declared a world-wide pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020, resulting in the pronouncement by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa of a National State of Disaster on 15 March 2020 and subsequently the implementation of a national lockdown from 26 March 2020;


Mindful that the lockdown measures are relaxed and have allowed for the reopening of places of worship during Alert Level 3, the Parish Priest and the PPC recognise that COVID-19 remains a threat to the health of humankind until a suitable vaccine has been found, distributed and administered worldwide;


Therefore, the Parish Priest and the PPC recognise the need to adapt to this new reality by developing protocols and operating procedures for the Parish to reasonably ensure the health and safety of its Priests, Parishioners, Volunteers and Guests during the opening of the Parish and for the duration of the pandemic and during the State of Disaster.


Purpose of the Policy:


The purpose of this Policy is, inter alia, to-

  • Set out a phased process for the reopening of our Parish for public masses
  • Ensure impeccable levels of personal hygiene, especially hand and respiratory hygiene and correct social distancing are expected from every person in attendance at the Mass.  
  • Ensure operational clarity on all requisite standards during the COVID-19 pandemic and to be certain that the PPC and all Parishioners understand why these operational adjustments are imperative at this time. The application of this Policy will ensure that everyone who enters our Parish for Mass is assured of the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene on our premises.
  • Reinforce our commitment and solidarity to combating the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Deviations of the regulations in this document are not allowed under any circumstances.


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Annexure B:

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