A number of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church’s dioceses announced on Monday new precautionary measures related to masses and prayers in churches across the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The dioceses of Behaira, Matrouh, and five western towns in the Nile Delta announced that due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in each diocese, it was decided to hold masses in the upcoming period, till further notice, with 25 percent of churches’ capacities.
Visits to bless houses will be suspended starting Tuesday.
The diocese of Helwan in Cairo also announced that it will be limiting its capacity during masses to 25 percent.
The diocese of Sharqiya and 10th of Ramadan city in the Nile Delta also decided to continue suspending masses on Fridays and house visitations, as well as all services and activities till mid-June.
The diocese added that churches are allowed to hold three masses weekly maximum in accordance with social distancing precautionary measures due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the diocese.
Since February 2020, Egypt has officially reported 261,666 cases of the coronavirus to date, including 15,047 fatalities and 191,332 recoveries.