Cabinet raises number of worshippers, weddings and funeral celebrants

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 28 October 2020 at 05:51

The cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame has allowed places of worship to increase the number of people to attend worship places, weddings and funerals.

The decision was taken on Tuesday, October 27, as the cabinet decided that the measures intended to contain the spread of COVID-19 remain as they were reviewed until October 12 except for few changes.

The cabinet decided that “services at places of worship will increase to 50% of venue capacity.”

Earlier on, in a church of 3000 sitting capacity, some 250 people would be allowed in a single service. There was also a space of 2 hours between services to allow sanitizing.

The cabinet increased the number of those to participate in wedding ceremonies to 75 people up from 30 people. The cabinet further said that COVID-19 tests will not be required with wedding receptions including fewer than 75 guests.

Meanwhile, funeral services “should not exceed 75 people”, which is also another improvement compared to a maximum of 30 people initially.

The cabinet increased the number of civil services in offices from the initial 30% of offices capacity to 50% meaning that they will continue to work on rotational basis; these are joining the private sector offices who have been allowed to operate to this capacity for a couple of months now.

It was also decided that gaming operators will resume gradually upon fulfilling COVID-19 prevention requirements and inspection to be conducted by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

On these measures that are expected to be reviewed after 15 days, the cabinet made a reminder to the general public to continue to observe COVID-19 measures including wearing a face mask, keeping social distance, and washing hands regularly.

In other decisions that are not related to COVID-19, three advisors were appointed and they include; Uwonkunda Claudette, advisor to the Speaker of Parliament, Bideri Ntagozera Rina-advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry and Wanyana Denise-Advisor to the Minister of State in charge of Primary Health Care in the Ministry of Health.

The cabinet meeting approved the Presidential order establishing the Rwanda Atomic Energy Board and Prime Minister order determining responsibilities of the national civil aviation security committee, its members, and functioning.

Also approved was a Prime Minister order determining responsibilities of the airport security committee, its members and functioning.

A ministerial order relating to the appeal committee in Civil Aviation was also approved, together with Ministerial order on court fees in civil, commercial, labor administrative and criminal matters.

The cabinet has allowed places of worship to increase the number of people to attend worship places, weddings and funerals.

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