Greece: Thessaloniki churches resume Sunday services amid new measures

Greek churches reopened their doors for mass on Sunday after two months of Sunday services being prohibited as part of the coronavirus lockdown. As seen in Thessaloniki, churchgoers had to seat three chairs apart and to observe social distancing. The number of people attending was limited to one per 10 square meters and many churches laid chairs outside and broadcasted the mass using loudspeakers... Еще to avoided crowding inside. «It was good that the churches opened and people attended. There is order inside, so there's no problem,» said Anastasia, a churchgoer. Church of Saint Demetrius in Thessaloniki also offered three services on Sunday instead of one in order to space out attendance. Dimitris Nikiforos, the church commissioner said it was «difficult» for members of the church «not to be able to come freely» to church, and organised seats outside according to the «instructions of the Holy Synod (group of bishops).» The suspension of all religious celebrations in all churches, except for funerals and individual prayers was ordered by the Education and Religion ministry to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which Greece has largely had under control.
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