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Catholic churches in Hungary will stay open and services will continue to be public, the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference said in a statement on Friday.

In view of the country’s lockdown starting next Monday “churches are especially important as places for spiritual renewal and prayer”, the statement said, but added that local bishops would relieve church-goers of their obligation to attend mass.

Casinos Finally Included in Upcoming Restrictions
Casinos Finally Included in Upcoming Restrictions

The government has included casinos to the list of stores being shut down for Hungary’s new restrictions coming into effect next week. Unlike cafés, restaurants, and pubs, they were not included in previous shutdowns. During the most recent government press conference on Thursday, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Press Office Gergely Gulyás listed the various […]Continue reading

Services will be held in line of curfew and other regulations, with special regard to physical distancing and wearing masks, the statement said.

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