Algerian Churches Remain Closed Amidst Pandemic
02/18/2021 Algeria (International Christian Concern) – All mosques were reopened in Algeria starting February 15 with acceptable COVID-19 regulations in place. However, churches were excluded from the recent reopening measures.
A press release from the Prime Minister’s office read, “all mosques on the national territory are opened, in strict compliance with health measures and protocols for the prevention and protection against the spread of the Coronavirus, in particular the preventive support system put in place for mosques.” Churches were notably omitted from the press release, despite the fact that the same social distancing and health protocols could apply to churches, just the same as mosques.
Churches in Algeria were already facing pressure prior to the pandemic as nine churches were closed in 2019. None of the 2019 closed churches were reopened, primarily due to the claim that they were unregistered or unregulated by the state. Now, new health regulations indicate that churches may continue to be disadvantaged and so far have not been awarded the same benefits as other religious buildings of worship.
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