Minister That Bielefeld (Defense) attended a mass at the church in Gower on Thursday evening. Although fewer than thirty people attended the church service, critics describe the minister’s visit as “inappropriate in Corona’s time,” they said. RTV East.
The spokeswoman said that the minister attended church services in her hometown as a private person RTV East. “There were only 16 people at the meeting, and because her husband is doing so much for the church, she went there.”
Although Bijleveld has not broken any rules with her visit, the AFMP, the Defense Personnel Syndicate, among others, is reacting critically. After all, the minister has an exemplary role, as the head of the AFMP, Anne Marie Snails, told the media.
Churches are exempt from government measures against Corona on a constitutional basis, but they are required, among other things, to have inter-church contact in government affairs (CIO), a partnership between dozens of Dutch churches, to maintain their online services as much as possible. If there is a reason to conduct a physical service, the Chief Information Officer advises to receive a maximum of thirty churchgoers and adhere to RIVM’s advice, such as keeping distance and wearing a mouth mask.
Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) also called on ecclesiastical communities to reduce services to an absolute minimum. In the Nederlands Dagblad The minister described attending church services last week as “impossible to explain.”
The church in question in the town of Overijssel previously indicated that it will continue to allow church services to continue during Christmas for only people and churchgoers who do not have the opportunity to view the service online. During services the advice of the RIVM is followed, the church writes on the website.