The Episcopal/Anglican Church in Egypt announced the details of preparing for the holidays in light of the Corona pandemic, as it set the attendance rate for the Holy Week prayers to a capacity of 25%, respectively, between the three Arab, Sudanese, and English services, taking into account the necessary precautionary measures.
The Episcopal/Anglican Church clarified in a statement: The prayers on Palm Sunday begin at twelve o’clock in the afternoon, followed by other services, and on Maundy Thursday the prayers begin at precisely seven in the evening with the participation of the Arab and Sudanese service, and for the Good Friday prayers begin at exactly ten o’clock in the morning for the English service and thereafter. Arabic at 12:30 PM and Sudanese at 2:30 PM it was also decided to start the Easter Eve prayers on Saturday, May 1, at nine o’clock in the evening, provided that the attendance was by special suits and an additional hall was provided to take into account the social distancing between the attendees.
In a previous statement by Dr. Mouneer Hanna, Archbishop of the Province of Alexandria, the Church confirmed the preparations for the celebration of the Glorious Easter Day and Holy Week, observing the necessary precautions and following the instructions of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, as the Church set some instructions and controls for performing the prayers:
– Entry is not permissible without masks
– Measuring the temperature upon entry in addition to providing disinfectants for worshipers
-Cleanse and sterilize the church before and after worship
-Sitting in specific seats that take into account the social distancing between worshipers
-Providing additional halls with screens for carrying prayers to take into account social distancing
– Holy Week services and prayers are broadcast live through the Facebook page of the Episcopal/Anglican Church
– The Episcopal/Anglican Church appeals to its people to note any symptoms that appear before attending prayers and whether this necessitates staying at home