Barring unforeseen circumstances, along with the churches, the entrance to Mount Athos is also expected to be allowed under certain conditions.
Although the Iera Epistasia (Holy Administration) of Mount Athos is particularly concerned, it is considering allowing visits, but in no case will a mass pilgrimage be allowed.
As it has become known, the diamonitirion orders issued under the responsibility of the Epistasia will be significantly reduced, as well as the diamonitiria issued by the monasteries themselves. Those who enter Mount Athos will be checked, although lately there is no police force that will undertake this task in order to limit the movements from monastery to monastery.
Four cases have been recorded on Mount Athos among monks who are now in good health.
In the coming days, the details regarding the pilgrims, which will be determined before May 17, will be announced.
However, the first samples for the safe operation of the churches in Greece are positive, with the Metropolitans conducting special inspections in the temples, while they have also informed the priests about how they should handle the new data.
However, there are concerns about how they will make believers keep safe distances, use antiseptics and follow the scientists’ instructions reverently.
Volunteers will be recruited to ensure that the measures will be respected, however they cannot have the responsibilities of a police officer. Nor will they be able to prevent all those who believe that government bans have no legal or moral basis and belong to extreme social groups, from entering the temple.
Many metropolitans are already considering to perform two services so that everyone can attend them without any problems.