By Kostas Onisenko
The quarantine measures in Russia are being extended affecting the operation of the churches. Due to the epidemiological situation, the authorities of various regions had to tighten protective measures, prohibiting mass gathering, especially in enclosed areas.
In St. Petersburg, authorities reduced the number of participants in public events to 50 and decided on a series of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Yevgeny Yelin said the 50-person limit also applied to churches. “The restrictions also apply to church services. They (editor’s note: church authorities) usually make their own decisions. Until now, our decisions have been in line. We are waiting for their decision in the near future,” Yelin told reporters.
Moreover, according to the Russian media, the authorities of the Republic of Dagestan have decided to close the churches for the faithful. In other words, the services will be performed normally but only in the presence of the priests and without the faithful.
Regarding the holy mysteries, such as weddings, baptisms, funerals, etc., no more than ten persons will be able to attend these services.
These restrictions are not limited to the churches as Dagestan authorities have closed other crowded places, such as event halls and cafes.