Romania’s State Secretariat for Religious Affairs (SSC) hosted on Thursday, December 3, a new meeting of the Platform of Dialogue between faith leaders and the representatives of public authorities with attributions in combating the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The goal of the consultation was to ensure dialogue and cooperation-based decisions that can meet both public health protection needs and religious needs.
The debate concluded with the unanimous approval of the resolution entitled “Recommendations for practical application of measures provided in the Common Order of the Minister of Health no. 1103/17.06.2020 and Minister of Internal Affairs no. 95/17.06.2020, ratified by the State Secretariat for Religious Affairs, regarding the approval of rules for access to places of worship, minimum safety distancing and other specific sanitary measures during religious services.”
Faith communities (religious denominations, religious associations and other associations and foundations with religious purposes), according to their statutory and faith provisions, will establish their norms to accommodate spiritual life within the general framework designed to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The participants pointed to the fact that the Communication sent by the European Commission on December 2 to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe does not include recommendations on religious services.
Representatives of official religious denominations participated in the meeting.
The authorities were represented by Sergiu Nistor, Presidential Advisor for Culture, Arts and National Minorities, Antonel Tănase, General Secretary of the Government, Horațiu Moldovan, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health, and Victor Opaschi, State Secretary for Religious Affairs.
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