Nicosia, April 30, 2020
The faithful of the Cypriot Orthodox Church will be able to return to the Divine services beginning June 1, President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday, April 29.
Authorities plan to reopen the churches in two stages, with parishioners being allowed to enter churches for personal prayers beginning May 4, and Divine services resuming in full from June 1, according to the President’s speech published on the official site of the Church of Cyprus.
The Cypriot plan is similar to that in Greece, where the faithful will be able to enter churches for personal prayer beginning May 4, and for the Divine services beginning May 17.
While the churches will reopen on May 4, restrictions will still apply: No more than 10 people will be able to offer their prayers in each church at a time.
The President also expressed his gratitude to the primate of the Cypriot Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos, “for the excellent cooperation and responsibility that he demonstrates in solving such a sensitive issue.”
The Archbishop recently announced his own proposal for reopening the churches, including Diving Liturgies being celebrated every day to allow the faithful to take turns coming to church without crowding.
Meanwhile, hairdressers, barbershops, and beauty salons will reopen in Cyprus on May 21.