Vatican city representatives said on Thursday that people attending Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as in other papal basilicas in Rome, will have their temperature checked, in a bid to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

While public Masses are set to resume services under strict conditions as of Monday, May 18, the officials did not announce when the new measures will be put in place. 

Vatican News reported that the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni said that Papal Basilicas’s representatives, namely from the four major Roman basilicas – St. Peter’s, St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran and St. Paul Outside the Walls-, discussed reopening measures in a meeting “promoted by the Secretariat of State.”

Bruni also added that officials at each basilica will decide the maximum number of people who can safely enter, and that Vatican police along with Italian police and volunteers will control the flow, Reuters reported. 

Italy entered the phase 2 of its COVID-19 coronavirus emergency on May 4, after two months of lockdown. Churches in the country will reopen for services and congregation on May 18.


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