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Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens

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JERUSALEM, Isreal (AFP) — Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopened Sunday, 24 May, after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian authorities in the holy city said.

“Starting on Sunday 24th this most Holy Place will be accessible again to the faithful for visits and prayers,” leaders of the 3 denominations that share the site said in a statement on Saturday, 23 May.

They said measures are enforced to “avoid the risk of a new spread of the COVID-19 infection.”

“At the beginning the number will be limited (to 50 persons) and the Basilica will be accessible only to those who have no fever or symptoms of infection and are wearing suitable face coverings,” the statement said.

Visitors will be required to wear masks and maintain a two-meter distance from each other.

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