Archdiocese of Mandalay reopens churches

The Archdiocese of Mandalay has reopened churches for religious celebrations following months of strict quarantine measures imposed by the government due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

On August 16, authorities allowed up to 30 people to gather four times a month for religious activities.

Archbishop Marco Tin Win said churchgoers have to always wear face masks, observe “social distancing,” their temperature checked, and should wash their hands or use hand sanitizers.

The faithful are also allowed to receive communion only by hand. 

After every Eucharistic celebration, churches should be sprayed with antibacterial chemicals. 
 
Some parishes have announced that they will be holding up to six Masses on Sundays.

“I am really grateful to the government for easing some restrictions for religious gatherings,” said Bishop Marco Tin Win.

“It is a good news,” he said, adding that he is “happy and I am sure that the faithful are also happy.” - RVA News