After two months closed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre will reopen its doors on Sunday (24), announced on Saturday (23) the Christian authorities of the place of worship in Jerusalem.
“For safety reasons and to avoid the risk of a further spread of covid-19, the number of [de visitantes] will be limited to 50 people and the basilica will be accessible only to those who do not have fever or symptoms of infection and who have appropriate masks”, indicate on their website the religious authorities who administer access to this sacred site of Christianity.
“It will also be necessary to maintain a minimum distance of two meters between each person and avoid any act of devotion that may include physical contact, such as touching or kissing the stones, icons, dresses and staff of the basilica,” they add.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was closed on March 25, just before Easter, as part of unprecedented measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Officially, the epidemic has left more than 160,000 people infected in Israel, including 279 dead.
In the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities officially registered 368 patients and two deceased.
According to Christian tradition, the Holy Sepulchre is the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. The site is located in East Jerusalem, in the Old City, occupied and annexed by Israel.
Every year the church is visited by millions of people.
After stopping the spread of the virus, Israeli authorities withdrew some of the containment measures to try to revive the economy.
Places of worship were allowed to reopen on Wednesday, but with limited access to 50 people.