This Is How The Church Handled Easter During The Plague
Easter is one of those times when people who don't normally attend church services fill the pews, but in the time of a pandemic like COVID-19, this kind of gathering is simply not safe. However, you might be relieved to know this is isn't the first time that the Church has had to figure out how to navigate the choppy waters of mass illness and deal with Easter during a plague.
King Edward Postponed Parliament
In the 14th century, the Black Plague forced King Edward III to make some serious choices. Even with the limited medical knowledge of the time, he came to the conclusion that personal space was an important factor in staying healthy, so he postponed the January 1349 Parliament until Easter of that year. It remained empty for quite some time afterwards, as his order sent officials into a panic, but Edward remained calm. He asked that the streets be cleaned and a mass pit for the dead dug in East Smithfield, certain that keeping large groups of people away from one another was the best way to keep his followers healthy.