Churches await government decision on Easter restrictions

Churches await government decision on Easter restrictions
Churches await government decision on Easter restrictions
*Eurokinissi

In its proposal to the government for Easter, the Church of Greece is proposing an increase in the number of worshippers allowed inside and outside churches during services.

According to Kathimerini, church officials are citing forecasts of good weather over the Easter period, which would make it safer for people to attend services after mostly being locked out in 2020.

The Holy Synod sent a letter to the Education Ministry with the scheme and said health protocols would be followed. The maximum number of people inside large churches would be 100 (ratio of one worshipper per 15 square meters), the paper said.

At the moment, restrictions only allow one person per 20 square meters in an enclosed space (e.g. supermarkets).

The Synod has justified its proposal for one person per 15 sq.m. saying that the high church ceilings and the good weather during Easter will allow for good ventilation even if people are next to each other.

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