Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral to reopen next week

By Huu Cong   November 21, 2021 | 12:28 am PT
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral to reopen next week
Aerial view of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, April 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The Notra-Dame Cathedral, one of HCMC’s iconic landmarks in its downtown area, will reopen next Saturday, allowing parishioners at half of its maximum capacity.

Ho Van Xuan, head representative of the Saigon Archdiocese and parish priest of the cathedral, said the archdiocese has allowed the Cathedral to reopen after the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee announced that religious activities may resume in areas with low coronavirus risks.

"The cathedral can host 1,200-1,500 people. However, upon reopening it would only allow use half its maximum capacity to ensure safety," said Xuan, adding that people coming to the cathedral to participate in ceremonies must follow coronavirus safety measures like wearing masks and sitting at predetermined seats.

People who have a cough or fever are encouraged to stay home, he said.

The archdiocese had suspended certain religious rituals and ceremonies late May to prevent Covid-19.

The 150-year-old cathedral is a popular destination during holidays and festivals, especially Christmas.

The HCMC archdiocese currently oversees 203 churches with nearly 700,000 laities.

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