The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine supported the decision to restrict foreign visits to Uman for the period of Rosh Hashanah

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine supported the decision to restrict foreign visits to Uman for the period of Rosh Hashanah
Kiev. August 17. INTERFAX-the Government supported the restriction of foreign visitors to Uman, Cherkasy region, initiated by the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine, during the Rosh Hashanah celebration this year, interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.
"We respect the national traditions of various peoples and religious communities and every year we do everything to ensure that they are held to the highest safety standards. However, in recent weeks, Ukraine has recorded an increase in outbreaks of coronavirus among the population. A similar situation is observed in other States. Which forces the governments of these countries to return to stricter quarantines. We have heard reports from relevant government Ministers and have come to the conclusion that the epidemiological situation in the country and the world does not allow organizing and holding mass events, especially with the participation of foreigners," the press service of the Ministry of internal Affairs quoted Avakov as saying on Monday evening.
Thus, the Minister noted that every year in Uman comes from 30 to 50 thousand Hasidim from different countries, who for three days celebrate and conduct various religious rites, visit Holy places. This format of a mass event during a pandemic creates huge risks of spreading the virus.
In addition, according to Avakov, the Ministry of internal Affairs reached a similar agreement with representatives of the Orthodox Church, who refused to hold a procession because of the pandemic.
Earlier, the mayor of Uman, Alexander Tsebri, threatened to block entry for Hasidim during Rosh Hashanah in connection with the coronavirus and said that he would go to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to discuss the issue.
Источник: http://www.interfax-religion.ru/judaism/?act=news&div=75534
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