Archbishop Chrystomos of Cyprus expressed a strong reaction to the decisions of the Cypriot government regarding the church attendance during the Holy Week, making it clear that the churches will be open to everyone.
In his statements, as reported by reporter.com.cy, the primate of the Church of Cyprus stated that the churches would be open to everyone. “We will remain strict, we will sit by keeping distances and wearing our face masks and we won’t transmit the disease to anyone, neither to ourselves nor to others.”
The Archbishop added: “I wonder why the minister who found the church as an ally, and especially me, has doubts. We want to help the government and especially the health minister.”
Asked about the attendance of young people, he said: “Everyone aged 50 or over is vaccinated. Some didn’t want to be vaccinated, except for some brainless people, but these are exceptions.”
Finally, the Archbishop stated that “even if they have the virus, they can’t transmit it when they keep the distances and wear a face mask. I made myself clear.”
It is reminded that the Ministry of Health announced that, for the period from April 26, 2021, to May 2, 2021, up to 50 faithful were allowed to attend the service inside the churches provided that they presented their COVID-19 vaccination certificate.