AMERICA/COSTA RICA - Religious processions allowed as from April 1, in compliance with health measures

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 coronavirus   evangelization   episcopal conferences  

San José (Agenzia Fides) - With the new provisions of the Ministry of Health, signed by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas Peraza, religious processions can be carried out starting from April 1, 2022, which had been prohibited as part of the measures taken following the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Episcopal Conference recalls, in March 2020 the Bishops had ordered the closure of the churches and, for Holy Week, the ban on carrying out the usual processions that usually bring together large crowds of people. "For the Church, the sacred gift of life is always at the peak of every right and duty of protection. We are committed to this and we know that the faithful have also respected the provisions to take care of one another", declared the Bishops. However, on February 23, after the announcement of new measures, the Ministry of Health had still prohibited processions, therefore the Bishops' Conference had sent a new communication to the Minister of Health, requesting to allow them, as had already been done. for other mass outdoor activities, such as concerts or sporting events.
During the review of the provision, the Ministry of Health on February 28, therefore ordered that mass concentration events can be held in places that have a health permit for the specific activity or in places that have a health authorization for the realization of that activity. Among these, processions are therefore authorized. The Bishops invite priests and faithful to observe the necessary sanitary measures, such as the use of face masks at all times during processions, hand washing and the correct way to sneeze or cough. They also appeal to continue going to vaccination centers across the country, for maximum protection against Covid-19. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 1/3/2022)