2020-04-29 18:08:00

Moldovan PM backs restrictions on religious services amid Covid-19 pandemic

Chisinau, April 29, Interfax - Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu supports restrictions on conducting religious services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Protecting people's health and lives is the most blessed deed that pleases God. That's why a large number of countries, including Russia, Italy, and Moldova, had to ban religious activities in the presence of worshippers during the pandemic," Chicu said on Facebook in response to a complaint from Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and All Moldova, who said that "the authorities have put the church on a par with the restaurant and hotel business" by banning religious services during the pandemic.

The prime minister said he is confident that "these decisions are correct, because it's a matter of people's health and lives."

Chicu also said he is content that "the absolute majority of clerics of different faiths have shown understanding, realized the enormous danger to people's lives from Covid-19, and have adapted their religious work to the strict medical and epidemiological rules introduced by the Commission for Emergency Situations."

Moldova eased some coronavirus-related restrictions on Monday. For instance, the Commission for Emergency Situations allowed residents to walk in parks and reopened some government facilities and all stores, excluding markets and shopping malls. At the same time, the ban on conducting religious services in the presence of worshippers remains in effect.