Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reopens After Two-Month Lockdown

Source: Premier
Press Association | 25 May 2020

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre has reopened to visitors after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The church, situated in Jerusalem’s Old City, is the site where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, entombed, and resurrected.

The Christian authorities managing the site closed it to visitors in March to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but clerics maintained prayers inside the shuttered church throughout its closure.

On Sunday, church authorities limited entrance to 50 people at a time, and required that those entering the cavernous site maintain social distance and avoid touching any of the church’s stones, icons or other religious items.

A typical day before the virus outbreak would bring thousands of faithful who kissed or placed their hands along the church’s surfaces.

As priests from the various Christian denominations entered the church, a handful of faithful waited outside for the basilica’s church to open for the public.

Israeli authorities have gradually reopened schools, houses of worship and markets as the spread of the virus has slowed.

Israel’s health ministry has reported over 16,700 confirmed cases of the disease and 279 deaths.

More than 14,000 have recovered.

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