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Services and religious gatherings

Rules and recommendations

Services and similar religious gatherings may be held, but it is necessary to adhere to all hygienic precautions.

It is obligatory to keep a 1.5 meter safe distance from others. People living in the same household are exempt from this rule.

Letting respirators or surgical face masks put on inside a church is not an obligation anymore if there are less than 10 persons attending. However, we urge all participants to wear masks. Upon entering the indoor premises of a church, all participants of a service are obligated to sanitize their hands.

Individual spiritual service is also allowed, i.e. services, ceremonies and spiritual accompaniments, in which, in addition to the clergy only one family which shares a household participates.

Online and virtual services

Most churches offer virtual services that you can watch over the Internet or television.

Rules for choirs

The number of persons allowed to perform or rehearse at one time is limited to 30, all persons have to keep safety distance of at least 1.5 meters and (except for choir singers during their performance itself) let their respirators or face masks put on.

Before a rehearsal or performance can start, all persons present must prove either

  • a negative PCR test result (provided the test had been carried out not longer than 7 days prior to the rehearsal/performance),
  • a negative POC (antigene) test result (provided the test had been carried out not longer than 72 hours prior to the rehearsal/performance), 
  • having survived a COVID-19 infection (provided it had been confirmed by a lab not longer than 180 days prior to the rehearsal/performance), or
  • a document stating that the last vaccine dose has been administered at least 14 days prior to the rehearsal/performance.

Frequent questions about this topic

Can I attend a Sunday Mass?
Is it allowed to sing during a service?
Does the 1.5 meter safe distance rule apply only within a single line, or also to the participants sitting before and behind me?