Last year, about 7.5 million citizens took part in religious ceremonies for Easter. If this year at least a tenth of the worshippers comes to churches, Ukraine will suffer another surge of coronavirus. Director of the Department of Communication of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Artem Shevchenko stated this, the website of the ministry reports.
"To prevent this from happening, we are negotiating with the Councils of Churches, asking to encourage the flocks not to come to the service, but to stay at home," he said.
Shevchenko also said that over 22,000 police and guards will be on duty near the temples.
“Once again, we urge citizens not to come to religious services this year. In case this happens, law enforcement officers will carry out explanatory work so that people observe special security measures and keep the necessary distance. If you can’t prevent people from reaching out to public awareness (...) law enforcement officers are ready to resort to tougher measures, the administrative penalties," he stressed.
As we reported, today, April 18, the Holy Fire descended in Jerusalem.