"We are aware of the extremely serious pandemic situation we are experiencing at the moment, demanding from us all greater responsibility and solidarity in its fight, contributing to overcome the crisis with all our efforts," said CEP in a press release.

Taking into account the government guidelines enacted for confinement, which begins on 15 January, CEP points out that liturgical celebrations are maintained, namely the Eucharist and funerals (funeral and funeral ceremonies), according to the guidelines of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference of 8 May 2020, issued in coordination with the General Directorate of Health. All other celebrations must be suspended or postponed.

"Other celebrations, such as Baptisms, Confirmations and Marriages, should be suspended or postponed to a more opportune moment, when the sanitary situation permits", said the CEP, also adding that catechesis will continue in person, where it is possible to observe the sanitary requirements, otherwise, it can be digitally or canceled.

The Portuguese Episcopal Conference also recommends that other pastoral activities be carried out digitally or postponed.