Greek church cannot guarantee it will follow latest COVID-19 measures

The new COVID-19 measures in place since Saturday provide for the compulsory presentation, on entry to the church, of a certificate of vaccination, a certificate of infection, or a certificate of a negative coronavirus diagnostic test. [EPA-EFE / YANNIS KOLESIDIS]

“​People who work or volunteer ​in ​the Holy Churches have neither the capability nor ​the ​power​ of a public good as the police do,”​ the Holy Synod announced on Monday as the number of COVID-19-related deaths has skyrocketed.

The new COVID-19 measures in place since Saturday provide for the compulsory presentation, on entry to the church, of a certificate of vaccination, a certificate of infection, or a certificate of a negative coronavirus diagnostic test.

However, while the Holy Synod asks all Christians to wear the protective mask throughout their stay in the church and observe the prescribed distances, it also stated that it could not guarantee whether the faithful comply with the measures.​

In Greece, 105 people died in the last 24 hours, the national health organisation has confirmed. The country also recorded an increase in intubated patients, as they rose from 590 to 608.

Despite this, the government has ruled out a new lockdown.

(Matthaios Tsimitakis | EURACTIV.gr)

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