22/09/2020 22/09/2020 Members of the Holy Community of Mount Athos, the rotating administrative body for the semi-autonomous Orthodox monastic community in northern Greece, met on Tuesday morning -in an extraordinary session – to discuss the confirmed Covid-19 cases that were recorded in a handful of monasteries there. A decision was taken not to seal off the Holy...
22 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2020 - 17:58
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Mt. Athos administration decides against ‘lockdown’, implements stricter measures after Covid-19 instances

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Mt. Athos administration decides against ‘lockdown’, implements stricter measures after Covid-19 instances

Members of the Holy Community of Mount Athos, the rotating administrative body for the semi-autonomous Orthodox monastic community in northern Greece, met on Tuesday morning -in an extraordinary session – to discuss the confirmed Covid-19 cases that were recorded in a handful of monasteries there. A decision was taken not to seal off the Holy Mount to visitors and pilgrims, but rather, to take stricter measures to prevent any further exposure to the coronavirus.

Among others, a ceiling on the number of visitors to each monastery will be re-instituted, while pilgrims will not be able to travel from one monastery to another.

The head of a government-appointed team of experts tasked with managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece, Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras, visited the Mount Athos capital of Karyes on Tuesday, leading a special detail of public health officials.

EXCLUSIVE – This is the relevant encyclical issued by the Holy Community of Mount Athos:

 

In a related development, according to an exclusive report in the Orthodoxia News Agency, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, His Beatitude Ieronymos, has reportedly received requests by Metropolitans of the Church of Greece to postponed a conference of hierarchs, which is scheduled for October.

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