THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch justice minister says churches have agreed to limit the number of people attending services after hundreds of faithful gathered in one town’s church over the weekend even as coronavirus infections rose across the country.
The government says it can’t impose the measures on churches or enforce them because of the constitutional freedom of religion.
Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus told reporters Monday that churches will adhere to the same restrictions that were imposed during the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year.
Grapperhaus says that churches will hold services online as much as possible, restrict visitor numbers to a maximum of 30 people and ban singing.
Confirmed new infections have been spiking in the Netherlands and rose to just over 4,000 per day over the weekend.
In an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, the government has tightened restrictions, including limiting groups to a maximum of 30 people at indoor public venues such as shops, museums and libraries.