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Kerry Gardaí raise concerns about numbers attending Mass and planned school graduations

May 14, 2021 17:05 By radiokerrynews
Kerry Gardaí raise concerns about numbers attending Mass and planned school graduations Kerry Gardaí raise concerns about numbers attending Mass and planned school graduations
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Concerns have been raised with An Garda Síochána in relation to numbers attending mass and also planned school graduations in Kerry.

The Gardaí made contact with the Diocese of Kerry in relation to the concerns.

In an email to all its schools and parishes, the Diocese of Kerry said no more than 50 people may attend mass subject to compliance with social distancing requirements and other protective measures.

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Where the size of the church allows for a capacity of greater than 50, this is permitted subject to the guidance already issued and involves pods that must be four meters apart.

The Diocese also stated that the Department of Education has contacted every school in the country to say they can hold graduation ceremonies, but that it will not be possible for schools to carry these out in the traditional format.

Schools must make every effort to avoid organising events that could lead to unnecessary congregation of students or family members.

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Where graduation masses are taking place in school settings, they should be confined to the individual class grouping and carried out in accordance with the school’s Covid-19 Response Plan and with all required protective measures in place.

The department said that family members should not attend.

It also states that students and their families should be reminded that social events or gatherings should not take place after the graduation ceremony.

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