Resumption of worship: The Prime Minister proposes a new gauge of 6m2 per person

The State Council on Sunday ordered the government to reverse its decision banning religious ceremonies with more than 30 people within three days and to propose a new gauge to representatives of cults. 

Emmanuel Macron had announced a gauge of 30 people for the resumption of worship after leaving confinement. A measure that aroused incomprehension and anger on the part of believers.

Seized in interim relief by the Conference of Bishops of France on November 27 and by the Protestant Committee for Human Dignity on November 28, the Council of State finally ruled in favor of the faithful on Sunday November 29 and office to the government to propose to the representatives of the religions a new gauge within three days.

Received this morning on BFMTV, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced his new proposal: a gauge of 6m2 per person in places of worship.

The Prime Minister said in the program of Jean-Jacques Bourdin that no decision has yet been officially taken, the government still having until tomorrow to decide. He added that the interior ministry is "still in discussion with the various religions" and that it "hopes to reach an agreement".

Jean Castex announced his proposal for places of worship which is "to go from a quantitative limit of 30 people to a gauge of 6m2 per faithful". A measure that would be effective until December 15, date of the second phase of deconfinement at which new relaxations should be implemented.

For the Christmas ceremonies the Prime Minister remained vague, he nevertheless affirmed that "by virtue of a specific protocol of particular rules" it would be possible to "loosen the gauge a little" for the Christmas celebrations.


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