French court orders to ease Covid-19 curbs on worship

The measure took effect this weekend, which faced opposition from places of worship and the faithful such as Catholic associations, describing the government rules as “unnecessary, disproportionate and discriminatory…reports Asian Lite News

France’s highest administrative court has ordered the government to rethink a 30-person attendance limit for religious services to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The measure took effect this weekend, which faced opposition from places of worship and the faithful such as Catholic associations, describing the government rules as “unnecessary, disproportionate and discriminatory”, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Council of State on Sunday ordered that French Prime Minister Jean Castex modify the measure within three days.

Paris, Sept. 4, 2020 (Xinhua) — People wearing masks walk on the Trocadero Place near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Sept. 3, 2020. The French government aims to mobilize 100 billion euros (118 billion U.S. dollars) in a recovery plan “of historic size” to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic crisis, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday. Ecological transition, competitiveness and social cohesion were identified as the three pillars of the plan dubbed “France Relaunch,” which Castex said was “the most massive announced to date among major European countries.” (Xinhua/Gao Jing/IANS)

On November 24, President Emmanuel Macron said that the peak of the pandemic’s second wave had passed, allowing a gradual return to normalcy.

French churches, mosques and synagogues started opening doors again to worshippers this weekend, but only a few of them.

The countrywide confinement in force since October 30 will be lifted on December 15 provided that new infections remain below 5,000 per day.

Cinemas, theatres and museums will then be allowed to reopen under strict health protocols.

France, one of the worst-hit European countries, has so far reported 2,270,573 coronavirus cases and 52,410 deaths.

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