Churches opened for public worship in Berlin with parishioners complying with the established sanitary and hygienic measures on May 4, 2020.
According to the decision of the Senate, churches are allowed to hold public services provided that no more than 50 people participate in them and that hygiene rules are observed, such as everyone wearing masks and keeping a distance of 1.5 meters between the parishioners, reports the website of the Berlin-German Diocese.
In small churches, the number of worshipers will be determined by the ability to maintain the specified distance.
In addition, baptisms, weddings and burials are allowed with the participation of not more than 20 people.
In connection with the decision, on May 10, the head of the Berlin-German Diocese, Archbishop Tikhon officiated the Divine Liturgy with the participation of parishioners at the Resurrection Cathedral in Berlin. During the service, prayers for the deliverance from coronavirus infection were offered.