Opening Doors

church doorsPretty soon, some areas of the Church will be entering the winter indoor sickness season. Pastors and the occasional bishop will place restrictions here and there on receiving Communion or touching people at the exchange of peace. More rare will be guidelines on touching parts of doors–where a lot of germs dwell.

I have yet to hear of a directive instructing ushers or greeters or hospitality ministers to open doors for worshipers. But in light of other restrictions, it would make as much sense.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Opening Doors

  1. Liam says:

    One helpful custom of yore in reducing cross-contamination was the widespread use of gloves. Not that gloves were clean, but as they covered fingertips and nails, they were less likely to contain lively germs of respiratory and other ailments.

    As people are probably aware, the *dirtest* things are those that get gripped and held. Infamously, gas pumps (MA was the last state to relent on permitting the use of gas pump handle locking mechanisms, which help reduce the amount of time people grip the handles).

    Flu season and winter colds…well, most people don’t realize that summer rhinoviruses are different from the winter varieties – the summer ones are generally (1) more severe, and (2) last longer. Late summer/early fall seem to be their peak.

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