Since the federal government and the state governments will only determine the further procedure to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Easter week, the diocese of Münster has extended currently applicable measures until May 1. Vicar General Dr. Klaus Winterkamp sent an email to employees and congregations on April 2. You have to “continue to drive on sight - a procedure that is also supported by the authorities.”
Specifically, this means, among other things, that no services and similar celebrations may take place until then. First communion celebrations, confirmations, baptisms and weddings as well as other festivals and events have to be postponed. At funeral ceremonies that are to take place outdoors, only a maximum of 20 people are still allowed, taking into account the necessary hygiene regulations.
The daily ringing of all church bells in the diocese at 1:19.30 p.m. will be maintained as a sign of a lasting community of prayer. The churches should also remain open for personal prayer if possible. Pastoral care should also be maintained - within the current possibilities. The diocese of Münster provides information on special offers during this time on the Internet at www.bistum-muenster.de/seelsorge_corona/ .
Winterkamp concludes by saying that no statements can be made beyond May 1st. This applies, for example, to vacation measures planned in summer. The Vicar General asks for your understanding that in view of the daily changing situation no longer-term statements are possible.