Mt. Athos, May 27, 2020
Pilgrims will soon be able to return to Mt. Athos.
The governing body of the Sacred Community, composed of one representative of each of the 20 ruling monasteries, issued an official circular announcing that beginning Monday, June 1, permits for pilgrims will again be issued, reports Romfea.
According to information from the Holy Mountain, at the beginning, 15 people will be allowed for each of the ruling monasteries, while the sketes will be limited to 5 people.
The message from the Sacred Community notes that pilgrims will not be able to spend the night at monasteries other than the one that issued their permit, though a short pilgrimage may be allowed.
An official Joint Ministerial Decision from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health with further information pertaining to the monasteries on Mt. Athos and throughout Greece is expected on June 5.
The Holy Mountain closed to pilgrims in mid-March.