Munich (dpa) - Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann has rejected a ban on face-to-face services at Christmas even before 9 p.m.

"For many citizens and also for me, the celebration of Christmas at Christmas is an inseparable part of celebrating the birth of Jesus," said the CSU politician on Wednesday.

"In my experience, our large churches in Bavaria adhere very meticulously to the strict corona protective measures."

They paid close attention to the fact that there was no risk of infection from the worship service.

«There is absolutely no reason for me to doubt it.

There are clear rules such as the mask requirement, the minimum distance and the ban on singing. "

In addition, the danger from aerosols in the high rooms of the churches is not so great.

Among other things, the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service had demanded that attendance at Christmas should not be allowed in order to avoid infection. Late evening Christmas masses or midnight masses are not allowed after 9 p.m. due to exit restrictions.