All Greek Orthodox churches in South Australia are now open, following an official announcement by Premier Steven Marshall.
According to the announcement, members and believers are allowed to visit community centers and places of worship, always following some instructions and restrictions to avoid the coronavirus spread.
According to the government of SA, the law is still in force, which provides that the faithful should keep 1.5 m distance while no more than 10 people can attend the services in each church.
Believers, however, do not seem to be satisfied with these restrictions, as the number of 10 people in a church is small and may lead to several problems as the priest cannot take on the role of supervisor.
At the same time, the priests do not seem to be sure about how they will be able to deal with this new situation and the new restrictions since they will not be able to expel the clergy out of the church.
“To be honest, I’m not sure how we will be able to implement the measure, especially those priests who are heads of large churches that are visited by a large number of believers every day. We hope that in the next few days more instructions will be given so that we can find a solution that satisfies everyone and does not threaten the health of the clergy and our fellow human beings,” said Father Michael Psarommatis on the website Neos Kosmos.
“We have all worked hard to stop the coronavirus spread, and we should all be proud of the way our state is leading the nation and even the planet in dealing rapidly and effectively the pandemic and the economic crisis,” said Premier Steven Marshall, who announced the SA government’s intention to gradually lift restrictions on trade and economic activity in South Australia.
“I want to assure each of you that for our government the health and well-being of our citizens remains a top priority. As we begin the struggle to return to normalcy, we continue to work hard in cooperation with public health officials and the National Council of Ministers to achieve and foster a balance in our society,” said Marshall, who moment called the citizens of SA not to be complacent and to keep on following the measures so that the SA remains strong and secure.