Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs: Even tenth of those who were last year should not come to church for Easter

# 18 April 2020 18:15 (UTC +04:00)

Last year, about 7.5 million citizens took part in religious ceremonies for Easter. If this year at least a tenth of the church comes, then Ukraine will receive another surge of coronavirus. The director of the Department of Communication of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Artem Shevchenko stated this on the website of the ministry, APA reports citing 

"To prevent this from happening, we are negotiating with the Councils of Churches and asking to encourage the flocks not to come to the service, but to stay at home," he said.

Shevchenko also said that over 22 thousand police and guards will be on duty near the temples.

“Once again, we urge citizens not to come to religious services this year. In case this happens, law enforcement officers will carry out explanatory work so that people observe special security measures and keep the necessary distance. If you can’t prevent people from reaching out to public awareness, according to the head of the National Police Ihor Klimenko, law enforcement officers are ready to resort to tougher measures - administrative penalties," he stressed.