Let’s not take unnecessary risks
Corona keeps our country in suspense for about 300 days. We all long for normalcy – especially at Christmas. Even for submarine Christians who only appear at the church once a year, this means that the traditional Christmas Eve church service is a must.
But does it really have to be that way? No. Not now, not this year, not in the middle of the height of the corona pandemic, which has already claimed more than 22,000 deaths in Germany today.
Certainly, many priests, presbyters, and parish jewelry tormented their minds about hygiene concepts for months. And yes, of course there is a basic right to religious freedom, which for many people means that they go to church – and that we shouldn’t throw anything overboard.
Nevertheless, even if distances can be maintained in most churches, nowhere can clusters of people form before the entrance, where believers meet on the way to and from the church. It’s not just when the mask slips that the shift becomes a super spreader event.
It would therefore only be consistent in the sense of the hard lockdown to cancel all attendance events at the churches this year – and rely on television, radio or online services instead.
Even if the plush sofa in the warm living room might not be the same as the hardwood sofa in the drafty church, no one would be prevented from listening to the Christmas story, praying and even singing. However, there is no unnecessary risk that the number of infections will explode two weeks after Christmas.