Dubai: As Christians throughout the UAE rejoice Easter on Sunday, monks and church officers reminded the congregants to watch correct well being and security protocol once they attend church companies, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fr Nilo Ramos-Resco, MSP, parochial vicar at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Ras Al Khaimah, advised Gulf Information: “Easter is a time to rejoice and rejoice hope and renewal. However the pandemic has led to a distinct kind of celebration because the world is looking for to include coronavirus. Regardless that our spiritual celebrations of Easter are restricted once more this 12 months, our religion shouldn’t be diminished.”
Fr Nilo reminded churchgoers to strictly observe well being and security protocol. “Please observe social distancing, all the time put on face masks, sanitise your arms frequently. Everybody coming into the church will undergo a sanitation tunnel,” stated Fr Nilo, including: “There are solely a restricted variety of congregants allowed inside. So we’ve arrange LED screens on the church compound, however though it’s outdoor, social distancing should nonetheless be noticed.”
Pre-registration is strictly required at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubai, the place solely 250 persons are allowed to enter and attend both the morning (6.30am) or night (7pm) service. Nevertheless, there are quite a few on-line companies that parishioners can be a part of which can be posted on the church web site.
All plenty at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Abu Dhabi till April 4 additionally require prior reserving. Church officers reminded parishioners to e-book solely as soon as to present others an opportunity to attend at the least one service throughout this era.
Pastor Jim Burgess from Fellowship Church in Jebel Ali advised Gulf Information: “For the second 12 months in a row, Fellowship Evangelical and different church buildings will be unable to collect on the seashore for our dawn companies. As a substitute, we are going to rejoice on-line and all are welcome to hitch us.”
Church buildings in Dubai observe the strict protocol set by the Group Improvement Authority (CDA) to make sure well being and security.
Churchgoers are required to put in the Al Hosn app on their cell phones. Attendees are additionally required to put on face masks and gloves always whereas on the church premises. Visiting or veneration on the grotto or different areas within the church or church compound earlier than or after the mass aren’t be permitted. Canteen and bathroom services are closed and consuming and ingesting throughout the church premises are strictly prohibited. Church buildings are closed after the companies.