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Churches across Singapore will be celebrating Good Friday (April 10) and Easter (April 12) under austere but “necessary” Circuit Breaker conditions to “keep Singapore safe from COVID-19”.

In  new measures for religious organisations released yesterday (April 4) by the Ministry of Culture, Communication and Youth (MCCY), church offices must close, and cell group meet-ups are strongly discouraged, even in a home setting.

MCCY’s “Elevated Safe Distancing Measures for Religious Organisations” follows on the heels of a nationally televised message by PM Lee and the Multi-Ministry Task Force on “Circuit Breaker” measures to pre-empt escalating infections.

MCCY advises that the recording team (for online services) “must be kept to only what is essential”.

Under the new measures for the Circuit Breaker period of April 7 to May 4, all religious services remain suspended and places of worship closed. Religious activities previously subjected to the 10-person rule, are fully suspended.

Churches recording online Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter services have an additional measure to abide by: MCCY advises that the recording team involved “must be kept to only what is essential (e.g. filming a sermon only without a worship team or band), and for as short a duration as possible”.

As at press time, churches were awaiting further clarification from MCCY on what they view as “essential”.

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