Evolution of the health protocol
in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Following the enhanced health protocol validated by prefectural order of 7th July 2021 and of the amended decree n° 2021-699 of 1st June 2021 of the law relating to the management of the health crisis and of current events related to the evolution of the Covid 19 epidemic, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is adapting its procedures.

Health pass

You do not need the Health Pass to access the Sanctuary site and the places of worship when an activity of a religious nature is taking place.

The Saint-Michel self-service refectory of the Hospitality of Our Lady of Lourdes, which serves as a collective catering service for the hospitality volunteers and employees of the sanctuary, is also exempt from the need to show your health pass.

In the other places in the site, the health pass will need to be shown for:
– accessing places to eat (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the Sanctuary accommodations.
– assisting to the Bernadette of Lourdes recital (Saint Bernadette church)
– participating in non-religious activities.

For organized groups, the Sanctuary empowers pilgrimage directors and/or hospitality presidents to check the health passes. They must provide the Sanctuary with a list of the persons that have assured the control.
Each directorate must check its own pilgrims who need to show a valid health pass on the day of their arrival and will receive an authentication bracelet valid until the end of their stay.

Wearing Facemasks

Wearing a facemask is strongly recommended in all outdoor areas in the Sanctuary.

The wearing of a mask may be made compulsory in all places and circumstances in the Sanctuary by decisions of the Préfecture des Hautes-Pyrénées.
Facemasks are obligatory inside places of worship and other Sanctuary premises and are also obligatory at assembly points such as the grotto, the taps, the waiting areas in the baths, the chapels of light (where the candles are lighted and burn) as well as at the Eucharistic and Marian processions.

The Accueils of Lourdes

The Sanctuary requires that hospitaliers and volunteers be vaccinated to enter the Accueils, Notre-Dame, Marie Saint-Frai and Salus Infirmorum.

Exceptions to this request may only be made under the conditions provided by law.

1. Residents must present a valid health pass.

2. Hospitality volunteers and employees will respect the law’s implementation according to the following schedule:

• From Monday 9th August 2021
Certificate full vaccination
> or proof of the doses administered
> or negative test taken within the previous 72 hours
> or a certificate of recovery dated after the 11th day, but less than 6 months, from the date of the first positive PCR test date.

• From 15th September 2021
Certificate full vaccination
> or proof of the doses administered
> or a first dose of vaccine + a negative test taken within the previous 72 hours
> or a certificate of recovery dated after the 11th day, but less than 6 months, from the date of the first positive PCR test date.

• From 15th October
Certificate full vaccination
> or proof of the doses administered
> or a certificate of recovery dated after the 11th day, but less than 6 months, from the date of the first positive PCR test date.

Processions

The enhanced health protocol measures apply to the organisation of religious processions.


The health protocol at the request of the authorities is strengthened by lowering the threshold and changing the groupings :
– to groups of 50
– in static positions, in designated islands which will be isolated from one another.
The head of the procession will be moving.

Grotto

At the Grotto of Massabielle, the Sanctuary is limiting activities exclusively to liturgies and prayer. As a place of worship, the same measures apply as in churches, including the mandatory wearing of facemasks and social distancing for the faithful who remain standing.
Clearly identified volunteers and hospitality members carrying information pictograms will circulate amongst the pilgrims to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a facemask and respecting social distancing.