More space opens for worship houses and rites

By IGIHE
On 5 December 2020 at 11:56

The Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) has revised directives allowing religious organizations to organize church services three times per week and ordaining all sacraments in church.

Places of worship are required to accommodate 50% of their capacity and respect all COVID-19 control measures including social distancing, washing hands, and wearing of face mask.

Under the newly issued guidelines, the Ministry of Local Government has revealed that ‘faith-based organizations can organize religious gatherings for more two days of choice per week and inform local leaders from the sector in which a church is located’.

The two days will be additional to existing proclaimed days of worship especially, Friday for Muslims; Saturday for Adventists and Sunday for other churches.

Burial and wedding ceremonies will also continue to be observed anytime respecting COVID-19 guidelines.

The guidelines also indicate that religious gatherings for people in advanced ages from 65 and above should be exclusively held except those leading church services.

Children from six and above have been also allowed to go to pray together with their siblings or parents.

Baptism and other sacraments will be ordained respecting COVID-19 health guidelines.

Burial ceremonies should not exceed 75 persons.

Saint Michel is among churches allowed to reopen.

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