North Macedonia: We are not closing churches, yet we are staying at home for Easter, says Spasovski

North Macedonia: We are not closing churches, yet we are staying at home for Easter, says Spasovski

North Macedonian Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, responding to a journalist’s question on whether the Government had decided to close churches for Easter, urged citizens to respect the measures enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus and thus avoid gatherings and respect social distancing over the Easter holidays.

“I sent out a message a few days ago for everyone to celebrate Easter from their homes with their close ones and their traditions. We have not made any decisions to close religious places of worship or to not exercise our faith, because such decisions are impossible to make. In whatever situation the country might find itself, this constitutes a right that is inviolable. I urge citizens to stay with their families during the Easter holidays, because in this way we will contribute even more to the prevention of the spread of the disease”, said Spasovski.

On Monday, the government decided to impose a total curfew during the Easter holiday period which culminates with the celebration of the Orthodox Easter on 19 April, starting from Friday, 17 April at 16:00 until Tuesday, 21 April at 05:00 (local time), with the Ministry of Interior being in charge of the ban. /ibna