Brazilian justice has canceled Friday in the first instance a decree of the president Jair Bolsonaro, which excluded churches, religious temples and offices of lottery quarantine measures imposed in some States to stop the outbreak of coronavirus.
“Access to churches, to religious temples and lotteries encourage the assemblies and the movement of people”, argued in her decision the judge Marcio Santoro Rocha, of the court of Duque de Caxias, in the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The decree of the president Bolsonaro had been published the previous day in the official Journal.
The text included, “the religious activities of any kind” in the list of services considered as essential, in the same way as those from pharmacies or supermarkets.
The decision adopted on Friday by the court of Rio, seized by the public prosecutor of brazil, is valid on the whole territory of the country, but may be the subject of an appeal.
Jair Bolsonaro was elected in October 2018 with a wide support from the evangelical Churches.
Even if some of these Churches have decided for several weeks to organize the masses to remote broadcast on social networks to avoid any gathering, others protested against any closure of places of worship.
Last week, the very influential pastor Silas Malafaia, who has already received Jair Bolsonaro has several times in his temple at Rio, had assimilated the containment measures to be a “tactic of Satan”.
“My friends, do not worry because of the sars coronavirus. It is a tactic of Satan, it feeds the fear,” he said.
Will it eventually change its mind Friday, suspending any celebration until further order, in particular because of the restrictions of the government on the transport.
But he insured that the temples remain open to the faithful.