In the Greek Church now will again begin to hold services – however, the 10 square meters of space should be no more than one person. A mandatory distance between the supplicant and a half meters. At this distance in the churches now there are chairs that have replaced the usual benches. So some members remain on the street, where they also take out the chairs.

Worshipers are free to decide whether to put on at the time of service mask or not. But before entering the Church hands must spray it with an antiseptic wipe or cloth. Against the advice of doctors, the Holy Synod of Greece was allowed to have communion. Moreover, the parishioners were allowed to kiss the icons, but after each touch, RUB them with antiseptic.

In Germany, praying is forbidden to sing – authorities believe that this contributes to the spread of the virus. During the sacrament the people should take place, following the markings on the floor. And in Romania, where those wishing to pray in the first days of work of the temples proved to be too much, the priests do ask the government permission to occupy the neighboring streets.

the Priest Kazimierz Owl: “In Poland the churches were never completely closed, and during a pandemic coronavirus authorities did not ban the holding of religious rites and the closing of temples. However, at first the secular power, and then the Church and the special decrees of the bishops imposed very severe restrictions. First, the number of believers in the Church was reduced to 50 people.

But the most dangerous period, which had a time of Catholic Easter celebrations in Catholic churches, could be no more than five people, not counting the clergy at the altar. The same restrictions acted, for example, during the funeral, which was very hard for people. These have existed for three weeks. After this was changed, and we were allowed to in the Shrine, like in stores and other enclosed public spaces was no more than one person to 15 square meters. Cathedrals were obliged to hang on the doors of the information, how many people can be in the Church during mass.

this week, this restriction is weakened to one believer for 10 square meters. Are also restrictions concerning the confession. It is performed only on the personal desire of the believer outside of the Church – in large rooms or outdoor space. Also the Church leadership has changed some of the customs: for example, it is proposed to give communion to the faithful giving of bread in hand, not mouth, to abandon the veneration of relics and Holy images. In addition to this, I decided to abandon most religious celebrations. These prohibitions are valid, and nothing indicates that they can be undone any time soon or even during the holidays”.

Prepared Ariadna Rokossovskaya

In Italy, open�� churches and museums, where for the sake of precaution in the context of pandemic decided to resort to the latest technologies. For example, Florence’s Duomo has adopted a small receiver to be worn around the neck, which will help to maintain social distance. If two people with this device will be from each other at a distance less than two meters, the device will instantly begin to vibrate and glow. They will be issued free of charge and disinfected after each visitor.

In the Church, the parishioners must not only maintain distance, but be sure to wear a mask, reports The Local. Will remain empty bowl for Holy water at the entrance, where people dipped fingers to cross. Refuse the Italians and of the sign of peace – shaking hands with the nearby man. Before the communion the priest is obliged to thoroughly disinfect hands, wear a mask and disposable gloves. Will remain closed booths for confession – now to repent of their sins will only be possible in a well ventilated area or even on the street.

Prepared by Niva Mirakyan (Rome), Diana Kovaleva

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Jennifer Alvarez is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.