Lima, Peru, Mar 21, 2021 / 16:39 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Peruvian Bishops’ Conference has asked President Francisco Sagasti to correct “excessive limitations” on church attendance put in place by the Ministry of Health to deal with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
“We are writing to you…to request your intervention in order to correct the criteria established for permitted church attendance for the faithful in the protocols that have been given to the provinces and regions of the country due to the pandemic,” the March 17 letter states.
Due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the overwhelmed healthcare system, President Sagasti has announced classifications of the country’s regions into three levels, according to the severity of the pandemic: High, Very High and Extreme.
In the Extreme category, churches and places of worship may not open. However, stores and shopping centers are permitted to be open at 20% capacity, and restaurants with indoor ventilation may open at 30% capacity.
At the Very High level, churches and places of worship can open at 20% capacity, while stores can open at 30% and restaurants can open at 30% capacity indoors and 40% outdoors.