Bethlehem’s Storied Nativity Church Closes Amid Virus Fears

Palestinian officials indefinitely closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season.

  • Published 5 March 2020

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials indefinitely closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season. The announcement by the Palestinian tourism ministry threatened to derail the vital tourist season in the traditional birthplace of Jesus and highlighted the spread of the virus across the Middle East, where worship at major holy sites has been greatly… Read at AP News