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2020.04.24 16:00

Lithuanian churches to resume services except on Sundays

BNS 2020.04.24 16:00

Catholic churches in Lithuania will resume public services next week, except on Sundays, the Lithuanian Bishops Conference has decided.

Congregations are still instructed to observe safety guidelines.

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Believers will not be allowed into churches without face masks and churches will have to ensure a space of 10 square metres per person, the Bishops Conference said on Friday.

The body also called on the elderly and people with chronic health conditions to abstain from attending church services and instead to follow them online.

The guidelines also include a requirement for churches to provide hand sanitiser at entrances and to keep priests' mouths and noses covered during the service.

Currently, believers can receive communion only in their hands and must keep a safe distance from each other.

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Funeral rites continue to be performed only in cemeteries and only immediate family members of the deceased are allowed to attend, according to the statement.

The Bishops Conference suspended all public services after the government introduced coronavirus quarantine measures on March 16.