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Authorities will not close churches in Ivano-Frankivsk region on Easter

Source : 112 Ukraine

Local authorities hope for people's awareness
18:54, 18 April 2020

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In the Ivano-Frankivsk region, where the large number of infected by Covid-19 registered among the local population, authorities will not close churches during the Easter holidays and will not strenghten quarantine restrictions. This was reported by the 112 Ukraine correspondent.

"They did not introduce additional restrictive measures, additional quarantine for the weekend during the Easter holidays. Authorities rely more on people's consciousness. Both doctors, and city authorities, and priests of all faiths: everyone calls on people to stay home at holidays," the correspondent said.

She also noted that over the past 24 hours 35 new cases of infection were recorded in the region, the total number reached 462. Ivano-Frankivsk region is the leader in anti-rating by the number of Covid-19 diseases.

"I note that in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, in addition to the large number of diseases among the local population, doctors are also sick. The main reason is that when the spread of the infection began, many people hid their symptoms," the correspondent added.

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She said that most of the local residents interviewed claim that they do not plan to go to church. In Ivano-Frankivsk itself, policemen periodically walk the streets. They check if people wear face masks.

Last year, about 7.5 million citizens took part in religious ceremonies for Easter. If this year at least a tenth of the church comes, then Ukraine will receive another surge of coronavirus. The 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 and asking to encourage the flocks not to come to the service, but to stay at home," he said.

Shevchenko also said that over 22 thousand 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, according to the head of the National Police Ihor Klimenko, law enforcement officers are ready to resort to tougher measures - administrative penalties," he stressed.

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