IRAQ: Duhok churches reopened after two-month closure

NOHADRA (DUHOK), Iraq – Normal life has gradually returned to Nohadra (Duhok) in Iraq after the easing of the compulsory lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Churches in the region have re-opened their doors to worshippers, allowing them to attend Holy Liturgies.

After most world governments imposed a nearly two-months coronavirus curfew to limit the outbreak, the local government in Nohadra issued a new package of decisions regarding the gradual return to normal life, including reopening churches.

Earlier, the supreme ecclesiastical authority had taken several precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the virus including informing worshippers to confine themselves to their homes and watch Holy Liturgies via social media.

Churches in Italy, Germany, and many countries have gradually started easing coronavirus measures, slowly reopening to worshipers while continuing to adhere to strict mitigation practices, such as sterilizing churches, ensuring social distancing, and avoiding shaking hands.