The Holy Week is extremely crucial for the course of the coronavirus in Greece, Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said on Tuesday. He announced that cemeteries throughout the country will be closed on Good Friday, April 17. At the peak of the Divine Drama, Greeks traditionally visit the graves of their beloved ones.
Supermarkets and other foods stores that are exempted from the lockdown closure will be open from 1 o’ clock Good Friday noon until 7 o’ clock in the evening.
“Good Friday morning and in the evening, we can pray at home,” Hardalias said.
Churches are closed to the public, religious services take place behind closed doors. The Epitaphios Procession is supposed to take place inside the churches.
Hardalias reiterated that “visits to relatives’ and friends’ houses to celebrate Easter are not permitted.”
He urged “let’s not destroy in a few hours what we have achieved.”
According to official data released on Tuesday, Greece has 101 deaths and 2,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
A total of 48,798 tests have been conducted, so far.
76 patients are intubated and a total of 27 have been discharged form the Intensive Care Units.