On March 17, 2020, Guangzhou Christian Council & Three-Self Patriotic Movement urged local believers to observe the coming festivals at home.
The pastoral staff and Christians in Guangdong are required to sing hymns and offer prayers in memory of their deceased relatives and friends at home during Qingming and Easter, according to the Initiative on Pandemic Prevention & Control Work.
Private meetings and any activity in cemeteries will be forbidden.
Churches in Guangzhou will remain closed during Easter, which falls on April 12.
Pastors and church staff should be examples and not be involved in any prayer meetings. They should advise believers not to sweep tombs or hold personal gatherings so they avoid infecting others.
Church offices need to tell their congregations to honor and remember their ancestors in their homes and send Lenten devotionals, Easter messages or Bible reflections to them.