Palestinians consider limiting Bethlehem Christmas events
RAMALLAH, West Bank— The Palestinian Health Ministry has recommended strict limits on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The ministry on Saturday recommended the tree-lighting ceremony in Manger Square be limited to 50 people, with the lights of the tree and area restaurants closed at 9 p.m. throughout the Christmas season. It said religious services on Christmas Eve should also have limited attendance.
Palestinian officials are expected to make a final decision in the coming days.