a) Respect the special duty of protection and avoid attending the celebrations in which a greater number of people is foreseen, if you are part of a risk group. If you have signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, you should not go to places of worship. Call SNS24 Line (808 24 24 24 + 9 for English) and proceed according to the instructions provided
b) If possible, take a small bottle of alcohol gel (70%) to be able to disinfect your hands,
c) Personal belongings (such as packs of tissues or books) should not be left in the church.
d) Visits to the bathroom should also be avoided. If necessary, participants must follow the instructions of the Welcomer to access them.
e) Participants must arrive in advance to allow orderly entry and respect the safety distance.
f) People will enter at the same time with their respective family or companions and will be forwarded to where they should sit by the Welcomer, keeping a distance of 2 m. from people other than your group at all times.
g) Only people with a mask will be allowed in, which must be kept on for the duration of worship
h) The hands of all those attending must be disinfected at the entrance.
i) In accordance with DGS guidance, an internal register of participants will be made for each service, with the objective of contact tracing, should any positive case arise.
j) Offerings and donations should preferably be made by bank transfer : IBAN PT50 0035 0216 00077967 930 60 or in cash placed in the plate which will be assigned in the sanctuary.
Recommendations to be adopted by Worship and Religious Institutions
Due to the potential for transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 at the place of worship, several preventive measures to prevent infection should be implemented, namely:
a) The development and / or update of an internal Contingency Plan for COVID-19 that sets out the procedures to be adopted in a suspected case of COVID-19.
b) Limit or postpone celebrations, activities, meetings, catechesis and other worship events that involve the gathering of people when it is not possible to fulfil the SARS-CoV-2 transmission mitigation guidelines.
c) Maintain alternative means of transmission, namely using telematics.
d) Remove or prohibit the touching of objects or substances from the place of worship, namely holy water and other symbols.
e) Provide signs for places that can be occupied in order to guarantee a distance of at least 2 meters between people. The distance does not apply to cohabitants.
f) Limit unattended access to the place of worship and access to collective visits.
g) Broadly disseminate and encourage the adoption of protection measures and physical distance, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, posting, for example, some posters at the entrance to the place of worship (Annexes II and III).
h) Provide an alcohol-based solution dispenser for people to disinfect their hands at least when entering and leaving the place of worship and at strategic points.
i) Promote the aeration of the place of worship, especially before and after a celebration, if possible keeping the windows and doors open.
j) Sanitize the entire space in accordance with DGS Guideline No. 014/2020 and increase the frequency of sanitizing common spaces, benches, supports and door handles, especially at the end of each celebration.
Recommendations to adopt during the celebration of worship
During the celebration, Worship and Religious Institutions should implement the following infection prevention measures:
a) Advise people with risk factors, namely people over 65 and / or comorbidities, to attend the celebrations through alternative means or to opt for times when celebrations are less frequented.
b) Avoid crowds of people during the celebration, limiting the maximum capacity in order to guarantee the recommended distance and organize in advance the number of participants.
c) Create and identify, whenever possible, a circulation circuit: The first people to enter must occupy the places furthest from the front door.
d) The first people to leave should be those closest to the front door.
e) Consider having a person who receives participants at the entrance and direct them to suitable places, or to areas such as toilets.
f) Leave the doors of the place of worship open, if possible, at the times scheduled for celebrations in order to avoid touching handles or knobs.
g) Wear a face mask whenever appropriate.
h) Shorten the celebrations.
i) Replace moments that involve physical contact (for example: handshake, kiss or
j) hug) for another type of greeting that guarantees the recommended distance of at least 2 meters.
k) Ensure compliance with appropriate distance and sanitation measures in specific moments of the celebration, such as the distribution of food or objects (for
l) example: Communion). In case it is not possible to guarantee the distancing measures and hygiene, these moments must be suppressed.
m) Avoid sharing objects (for example: prayer mat - each person should bring their own or, in case of none, use disposable material and clean the carpet between uses).
n) Aerate the place of worship for at least 30 minutes before and after worship. Preferably, the exit door should be different from the entrance door;
Recommendations to be adopted by citizens
In the current context of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, it is important to limit the frequency of locations where people gather, including places of worship. Therefore, when using these locations some preventive measures must be taken into account, namely:
a) Comply with the entry and exit guidelines and the marking of places of worship.
b) Disinfect your hands with alcohol-based solution when entering and leaving the place of worship and, when necessary, during the celebration.
c) Maintain the recommended distance of 2 meters between non-cohabiting people during celebration, entering and leaving the place of worship.
d) Suspend greetings with physical contact (for example: handshake, kiss or hug) and contact with symbols, other objects and surfaces.
e) Wear a face mask during the celebration, whenever possible). The mask is an additional transmission prevention measure, should be used properly and associated with a distance of 2 meters, an adequate respiratory label and the sanitization of hands.
f. Avoid social moments or meals before and after the service.
29 May 2020