Many German churches reopened on Sunday morning after most remained closed for more than a month in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Worshippers will have to wear masks, respect social distancing, and no singing will be allowed amid fears that it spreads the virus more easily.
Cologne Cathedral, Europe’s largest church and Germany’s most visited landmark, has planned a special ceremony for friends of the church. Workers, choir members, lay readers and altar boys were invited to a ceremony of only 122 people in the enormous medieval cathedral which normally received 20,000 visitors a day.
German churches like those in Cologne are reopening under strict new rules: no singing is allowed, a maximum of 122 people can attend Mass, people must sit 1.5 meters apart, and no well-wishing is allowed. https://t.co/rt9xdUU4gi
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