Many religious Easter ceremonies and services have been canceled in Hungary this year due to the coronavirus epidemic, including the consecration of oil and the Saturday evening procession at St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Although restrictions on movement are in place, these do not apply to temples, but most churches have decided to not hold public services of their own accord.
Esztergom Basilica has been closed since March 18, the Matthias Church has also temporarily shut its doors. St. Stephen’s Basilica can still be visited with shortened opening hours and in accordance with the rules on social distancing.
There is no restriction for visiting churches currently in place; the parishes decide for themselves whether to close, but those that remain open can only be visited in small numbers while keeping to the social distancing rules.
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