I read through a secular news outlet that the Diocese of Norwich is taking precautions against the possible transmission of disease. Funny, but I couldn’t find any statement on the diocesan web page, not in press releases, on the bishop’s page, or through the Office of Worship.
The usual suspects are addressed: no touching for the Lord’s Prayer or Rite of Peace, no common Cup, Communion on the tongue discouraged. In other words, something to get any intentional Catholic upset. An equal-opportunity bother.
It is a concern of Catholics in many areas, however. We have a parishioner who has addressed the matter with the pastor here. Our diocese is not implementing anything at the moment. That seems a sounder approach to me: leave the matter of touching hands or receiving Communion to the good sense of informed lay people. We tell people if you’re sick or if you want to avoid contact with germs, take the precautions you believe are necessary.
Our sacristans report that Communion from the Cup has decreased slightly over the summer. Any signs from your parish?