After Maharashtra Government declared weekend lockdown, Mumbai Diocese issued guidelines for church followers. Archdiocese of Bombay announced that churches will be closed till April 30. Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias issued guidelines for sacraments, including baptism, confirmation, confession, marriage and burial, to be followed until then. He supplemented the circular with a video message to priests, urging them to obey Covid protocol, like masks to prevent even “accidental infection”.
The State Government has decreed that up to 20 people may attend burial ceremonies, and the archdiocese has repeated that order. Bodies are to be taken directly to the cemetery. Burial prayers are to be said without burial mass, Times of India reported.
Confirmation ceremonies scheduled for April have been postponed until lockdown, which can be determined in consultation with the bishop.