JERUSALEM – Pilgrims are once again able to visit the Holy Land in Jerusalem after a travel ban of more than two months imposed as a coronavirus measure is lifted. Social distancing policies and the mandated wearing of masks remain in place.
Once again, believers entered the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher and a number of churches in Jerusalem coinciding with the assertion of Francesco Patton, the Guard of Jerusalem, that worshipers are now preparing to restore their religious lives without fear.
Jerusalem had earlier barred pilgrims and other visitors due to coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the world. Flights were suspended in many countries, including the U.S., Spain, Italy, and Poland.
Local believers returned to visit the Holy Sepulcher after its doors had been closed for more than two months.
It was stressed that worshipers should enter in small groups, follow proper social distancing practices, and wear masks, but despite preventive measures, believers were joyfully in their access to churches, temples, and the Holy Sepulcher once again.
The Guard of Holy Land urged believers to place their full trust in God who, he said, will take care of all during this difficult and sensitive period.