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The church is opening a café – in the middle of the pandemic

On Sunday Broby church is opening a café during the service. In that way the church can take in more than eight people.
The Café enables the church to take in more people.
The Café enables the church to take in more people.
Foto: Jessica Gow/TT

Church services count as public meetings. They are limited to eight persons now during the pandemic.

By opening a café while the service is in progress, more people are allowed to be in the church.

"We aren't doing this to be provocative"

Sports clubs can have a lot of people in their restaurants during matches. But it took long discussions with the county administrative board and the police before the church was given permission.

– We aren't doing this to be provocative, says Johannes Lindh, the vicar.

y opening a café while the service is in progress, more people are allowed to be in the church.
y opening a café while the service is in progress, more people are allowed to be in the church.
Foto: Tommy Svensson

– The police and the county administrative board ask what the purpose of the service is. So I can't answer that it is our legal right to get a group together. . I must answer that we get together to drink coffee, that's acceptable.

– But we must charge for the coffee, the vicar sighs.

The café can only have four - eight persons at a time.

– People whose lives are orderly can put up with following our services on Facebook. But we also have a lot of people who have been knocked about a bit by life, some of them new arrivals, who need coherence in their lives.

On Sunday there is a service from 11 till 12:15. The café is open between 10 am and 1 pm.