The Greek Orthodox Church of Greece decided to suspend daily church services except for its Sunday morning liturgy in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Infectious disease spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras briefed the Holy Synod, the church’s administrative body, on Monday afternoon.

Another measure to contain the virus includes holding funeral and memorial services for the immediate family members rather than large crowds, and these would be carried out at the grave site.

Elderly people and those with chronic health issues have been advised by the church to remain home in order to avoid contact with others, while monasteries will hold scheduled liturgies without visitors present.

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The church “adopts all measures taken by the Greek state to manage the spread of the virus, and will do the same for anything else proposed in relation to the development of the virus in the immediate future,” said a church announcement.

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