Egypt's Orthodox Church announces procedures on gradual reopening of churches

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Sat, 01 Aug 2020 - 01:03 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Policemen inspect the site of attack on Mar Mina church in Helwan district on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, December 29, 2017 - REUTERS.

FILE PHOTO: Policemen inspect the site of attack on Mar Mina church in Helwan district on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, December 29, 2017 - REUTERS.

CAIRO, August 1 (MENA) – The Coptic Orthodox Church announced the procedures of gradual reopening of churches as of Monday after their closure on March 21 over the coronavirus outbreak.

The church said in a statement on Saturday that the gradual reopening decision comes after the decrease of Covid-19 infection cases and deaths as per the daily reports issued by the Ministry of Health over the past two weeks.

Under the gradual reopening, masses, prayers and funerals will be held as of Monday with the presence of one person per a desk amid the adoption of all preventive measures.

The masses can be performed every day except for Fridays, while the gradual reopening will continue in case the infection cases and deaths are on decrease, the statement added. 

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