President Klaus Iohannis urges Romanians to stay home for Easter and says he will celebrate this Christian holiday on Sunday with his wife Carmen, without going to church.
“I will stay home with my wife Carmen. It will be just the two of us,” Iohannis showed, after his visit Wednesday to the National Intervention Command and Coordination Center.
The head of state urged all Romanians to celebrate Catholic Easter or Orthodox Easter at home.
“We still have two Easter holidays. Now, on Sunday, it is the Resurrection of Jesus for Catholic, Evangelical, Unitarian Christians, and next Sunday, for the Orthodox Christians, the Greek-Catholics, for others. I will personally celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord now, on Sunday and I can tell you what I will do. I will stay home, with my wife Carmen. It will be just the two of us. We won’t go to church, we won’t go to take Light, we won’t invite anyone for dinner, we won’t go to anyone for dinner. We will be at home, watching Mass on television, we will light a candle at home and we will pray. Dear Romanians, this is what I expect you all do,” Iohannis conveyed.
He underscored how important it is to observe the indications of authorities, in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, especially on holidays.
“It is hard, it is a hard pill to swallow. Usually, we meet friends and family on Easter, we go out. This time it cannot be done. It is very, very important to observe, even now, during the Holy Holidays, the rules imposed by authorities. Because, if this epidemic gets out of our hands, I’m telling you that it might be very serious, very serious for a lot of people,” the head of state warned.
Strict observance of coronavirus rules needed for relaxation to gollow
President Klaus Iohannis also emphasized on Wednesday the need for the strict observance of the measures imposed by the authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, so that a relaxation can follow.
“The weather is fine, we hear in the news that certain countries are working on a plan to ease these measures. No matter how much this saddens me, I must openly tell you: Romania is not yet in that phase, regrettably, the number of cases in Romania is on the rise, the number of people receiving treatment in emergency units is rising and even if we all want this crisis to end as soon as possible, I tell you that we are not yet in the phase where we can relax. (…) It is up to us how long it takes until we are able to come up with a plan to ease these measures, because this infection, this virus spreads from human to human. If we observe – I’d say religiously – the rules imposed by the authorities, avoiding physical contact, isolating, leaving the house only when necessary, then we will surely be able to soon enter the relaxation phase and resume our life almost normally,” Iohannis said after his visit today to the National Intervention Command and Coordination Center.
The President cautioned that if the restriction measures are relaxed too fast, we could end up “with these measures having to be extended for months and nobody wants that.”
“The measures must be further strictly observed so that at the right time we too are able to relax some of them,” the head of the state said, according to Agerpres.