The Diocese of Down and Connor can confirm that a parishioner from St Agnes Parish in Belfast has tested positive for Covid-19. Upon the advice and guidance of the PHA, the parishioner informed the parish where they had recently attended 12.30pm Mass on Sunday 23rd August.


In accordance with diocesan procedures and in compliance with the most recent health and safety guidance from the Public Health Agency, as a precautionary measure, St Agnes’ Church will be temporarily closed for the purposes of deep cleaning and sanitisation.


 The Diocese recognises the concerns of parishioners and the wider community and confirms that every precaution has been taken to minimise the spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of all.


Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by the coronavirus and we particularly pray for the speedy recovery of the parishioner.


Following the deep cleaning, St Agnes’ Church will reopen again for public worship. ( PLEASE REFER TO OUR WEBSITE FOR THE RE-OPENING)


The Diocese of Down and Connor encourages ongoing vigilance in the face of the pandemic and localised outbreaks. Everyone should maintain social distancing measures and exercise good personal hand hygiene. If anyone exhibits symptoms of the virus, they should self-isolate, contact the NHS on 111 and seek a test. The Diocese also encourages all to download the ‘StopCOVID NI’ mobile phone app which alerts users if they have been in close contact with other users who have tested positive for COVID-19.


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