Worshiper with mouth guard © Julia Steinbrecht (KNA)
New regulations to combat corona have been in force in the Czech Republic since Monday, and they are also having a massive impact on churches. From now on, a maximum of ten people are allowed to participate in church services in closed rooms, and a maximum of 20 people outdoors.
This was communicated by the press agency kathpress on Monday. This number of people also applies to all other church activities. Priests and liturgical personnel such as altar servers, cantor, organist and sexton are added to the permitted number of participants.
A maximum of 30 people are permitted at funerals and weddings, including the subsequent celebrations. Religious education can take place within the framework of the regulations currently valid for schools, it was said.
Czech government had decided the measures last week, after the number of Corona infections had risen massively. Theaters, cinemas, museums, galleries and sports venues, among others, will have to close until further notice. The new ordinances are in effect until 25. October.
Precisions for the Archdiocese of Prague
In a statement over the weekend, the Czech Bishops' Conference called for praying the rosary to end the pandemic. In addition, she added the orders of the individual dioceses.
For the Archdiocese of Prague, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General Zdenek Wasserbauer specified, among other things, that the distance between people must be at least two meters. The bishops called on priests to celebrate additional services and keep churches open at least on Sunday for worship, receiving communion and confession.
The Dutch Catholic bishops had already announced over the weekend that from now on they would only allow a maximum of 30 people at church services and other church events.
Lastly, the number of people present depended on the size of the church hall. The prerequisite was that a distance of 1.5 meters could be maintained.