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Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, said to be the birthplace of Jesus, has reopened to worshippers and tourists as Palestinian authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West Bank.

Amid lingering pandemic concerns, the church is capping access to 50 people at a time and requires that they be free of fever and wear protective masks. The church had been shuttered since March 5, in a blow to Bethlehem’s tourism industry.

On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said mosques, churches and businesses would reopen on Tuesday easing the anti-pandemic curbs, given the slow pace of infections.

Al Jazeera News

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