Autonomous Polity of Mt. Athos Extends Lockdown Until April 20

Vatopedi Monastery, on Mount Athos. File photo.

The monastic community and autonomous region of Mount Athos announced on Wednesday that it will extend its ban on all visitors, including religious pilgrims, until April 20.

This decision of Karyes, the seat of the Athonite monastic state, came as part of emergency measures taken against the coronavirus pandemic.

Mount Athos comprises several Christian Orthodox monasteries and hermitages, which are some of the oldest in the country. It occupies the easternmost section of the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece.

The monastic community first banned visitors to its properties on March 19 of this year as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.