The Cabinet of Ministers and State Commission on human-generated environmental disasters and the emergency situations banned Hasidim pilgrims to visit Uman in 2020 as the Interior Ministry of Ukraine reported.
Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov noted that annually, 30,000-50,000 Hasidim from different countries arrive in Uman and hold celebration and different religious practices and visit holy places for three days. Such a format of the event amid the pandemic creates huge risks of the spread of the virus not only for the partakers of the event but also for the local citizens.
“We treat the national traditions of different people and religious communities with respect and do everything each year to hold them according to the highest standards of safety. However, during the last weeks, Ukraine spots the growth of coronavirus outbreak among population…We listened to the reports of the profile ministers in the government and arrived at the conclusion that the epidemiological situation in the country and the world does not allow to organize and hold mass events, especially with the participation of the foreigners,” Avakov added.
According to the minister, the same agreements were reached between the Interior Ministry and representatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, which refused from the holding of the Cross procession due to the pandemic. That is why he expects the understanding from the representative of the Hasidim religious community.
Earlier, Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy stood against the arrival of Hasidim in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The government predicts the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic exactly for September. That is why I stand against the visit of our city by the pilgrims this year,” Tsebriy stated.
Uman Mayor specified that he is ready to block the roads not to allow the arrival of Hasidim pilgrims for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah due to the situation with coronavirus.
Besides, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine formed the view that the arrival of the dozens of thousand of Hasidim-pilgrims in Uman for the celebration of Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah in the traditional format this year is impossible.
In 2019, over 30,000 Hasidic pilgrims celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in Ukraine.