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Double masks mandatory for churchgoers in Greece

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Churchgoers have been instructed to wear double masks during Holy Week services in Greece.

The announcement was made last week by Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias.

Last year, Orthodox Easter services were cancelled.

Moreover, indoor attendance will be limited to one person per 25 square meters, a maximum of 100 people.

Self-tests are obligatory for priests, nuns and other members who will be inside the church.

The ratio outside churches during services has been set at one person per 10 square meters.

Holy Week services in Greece to be held earlier

Churches in Greece will be open to the faithful for Holy Week services, however there will be attendance restrictions and services will be held earlier to conform with the government imposed curfew.

The decision comes despite Greece reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

All Easter services from Palm Sunday (April 25) to Holy Wednesday (April 28) will begin half an hour earlier, at 18:30. Holy Thursday service will begin at 17:30 and on Good Friday at 18:00.

Instead of the customary midnight Resurrection service on Easter Saturday (May 1), the liturgy will be held at 9 p.m.