Cults, masses and other celebrations are allowed as long as they observe the distance, access control and use of masks
Among the changes that are taking place in what the government has called transition phase the resumption of religious activities. Cults, masses and other celebrations are allowed – as long as they observe the detachment, the access control of people and the use of the mask. THE Archdiocese of São Paulo issued a statement on the website to the faithful warning of the new measures. In the document, the archbishop Dom Odilo Scherer guides the priests to offer more hours for masses on Sundays and during the week.
Evangelical leadership in São Paulo did not speak publicly about the changes. The Secretary Economic Development do State of Sao Paulo, Patricia Ellen, classified the permission for the religious sector as a vote of confidence. “It is an important movement, but it needs the cooperation of everyone. Religious activities, with all protocols, again a vote of confidence for everyone. But so that we can do it safely. ”
In early March, by means of a decree, the government of São Paulo had classified religious activities as essential, that is, being able to function in the red phase of the economy’s flexibility plan. However, when the government instituted the more restrictive emergency phase, the ceremonies were banned. O PSD questioned the constitutionality of the São Paulo decision. The theme ended up in the STF. By nine votes in favor and two against, the Court found that municipalities and states are competent to decide on actions to combat the pandemic and that the ban was intended to protect the lives of the faithful and contain the spread of the disease. Covid-19.
* With information from reporter Carolina Abelin