Smolny shut down the churches and monasteries of St. Petersburg due to coronavirus

the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov was forbidden to visit churches, mosques and parks. By the decree of the Governor, from 28 March to 5 April in St. Petersburg introduces a ban on visits to sites and areas of religious organizations. The ban applies to all individuals, with the exception of “Ministers and religious personnel” these organizations, according to

the Decree also prohibits Beglov visits to parks, gardens and squares of St. Petersburg-the Summer garden and the Catherine Park to the parks of Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk and Oranienbaum.In addition, stops in St. Petersburg from 28 March to 5 April activity:
restaurants, cafes and other food service establishments (except delivery orders);
stores (except grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and shops
selling only non-food Essentials);
the multipurpose centers of providing the state and municipal services (excluding the provision of services in electronic form).

However, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Church of the Savior on spilled blood in St. Petersburg, the museums which were temporarily closed because of the coronavirus, continue to worship. This week the number of believers for service in St. Isaac’s Cathedral did not exceed ten people, and on Thursday, March 26, and all no one came. In the Cathedral is attributed to the fact that St. Petersburg decided to follow the recommendations of doctors and limit access to the public places.However, the schedule of services because of the epidemic have not changed. The order of quarantine is not necessary for the Church, believe in the ROC.

In Moscow, signed by mayor decree appeared only the recommendation to “refrain” from visiting the churches. A working group under the Patriarch said he was sympathetic to the reasons for which has been given such a recommendation, however, the access to temples in and around Moscow completely will not be restricted.

For those who decide to stay home in the Orthodox Church vowed to organize regular broadcast services including television channels “Saved”, “Union” and social networks. It noted that some parishes of Moscow has started audio – and video translation services.

In the temples of Moscow organized the duty of priests for immediate execution of requests for communion at home parishioners older than 65 years and with chronic diseases who are required to stay in their homes, recalled in the group.

Vladimir Putin on March 25 in his address to Russians urged citizens to “exercise discipline and responsibility” and stay at home.

Russian Catholics have abolished the public services in Moscow and St. Petersburg, reports RIA “Novosti”. In the community of the Roman Catholic Church in Moscow and St. Petersburg has not conducted public worship, said to RIA Novosti, the Chairman of the Catholic bishops Conference of Russia, Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow Archbishop Paolo Pezzi.

According to him, the restriction of the circle is not just a “health” measure, and “the concrete commandment of love of neighbor”.

Meanwhile, Israel reported that the head of the Greek, Armenian and Catholic communities ordered to close the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Doors main Christian shrines will be closed to improve the epidemiological situation.