The Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain announced that all the churches of the Archdiocese would close for public worship, beginning Saturday, January 9, 2021, following the same policy enacted during the First National Lockdown in March 2020.
In an announcement, following the extremely dangerous increase in COVID-19 cases and the “Major Incident” declaration by the Mayor of London, the Archdiocese of Thyateira made some important decisions.
Following the decision of Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira, it is decided that only the clergy, one chanter, and the church verger will be allowed to attend the divine services in the church while the church trustees and wardens are urged to adhere to these guidelines without making exceptions. However, it is also mentioned that churches may open for private prayer with the understanding that only one person (or one family bubble) may enter the Church and pray.
The Archdiocese clarified that an announcement was to be made as to when the churches would open to the faithful.
In conclusion, the Archdiocese stated: “The faithful are asked to pray and ask God to send His healing grace upon the world and to be obedient to the Church, the government regulations and medical professionals.”