saint paul’s cathedral: saint paul’s cathedral continues to suspend religious services | Ranchi News
In accordance with the current Covid rules framed by the state government, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people or more than 50% of the room’s capacity have been prohibited. For outdoor gatherings, gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited. “St Paul’s Cathedral in Ranchi has not been closed. Although the entrance doors have been locked, the church continues to remain open to its faithful through live streaming services from various social platforms Live streaming services were required to ensure compliance with the state Covid Guidelines,” said Vikla Bakhlaa, General Secretary of the Church of North India, Diocese of Chotanagpur.
St. Paul’s Cathedral has a normal seating capacity of 500. On Sundays, shamianas are erected to welcome the crowds. In this context, limiting the maximum number to 100 was quite difficult. Church authorities have therefore decided to temporarily suspend in-person religious services until January 15 and, in extending the partial lockdown, have also continued with their decision.
All other religious rituals and wedding services would continue as usual in accordance with all Covid SOPs. Other churches under CNI, in Chotanagpur Diocese, where physical attendance during church services is not so overwhelming, are however open for all church services including Sunday Masses.
“We will review the situation on February 1,” said CNI Diocese General Secretary Chotanagpur. Other churches under the Evangelical Gossner Luthera Church as well as the Catholic Church continue to remain open for all services.