Only two churches allowed to reopen in Nyamasheke

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 10 August 2020 at 01:00

Only two churches in Nyamasheke District have been allowed to reopen after fulfilling all the requirements to comply with the COVID-19 pandemic prevention guidelines. All other churches in the district remain closed until further notice.

While the cabinet has decided that churches that meet the Covid-19 prevention guidelines would reopen, the Nyamasheke case has been handled differently as there are still many infections , especially in some villages in Gihombo sector.

Although the eligible temples were opened, Nyamasheke District Mayor Mukamasabo Apolonie said the pandemic had not gone away, which is why they ask religions to comply with the Covid-19 prevention guidelines.

Christians in Nyamasheke Parish told IGIHE that they were happy to be reunited, praying, and obeying the instructions.

Uzayisenga Clementine said: “We were very thirsty, as you can see, we were happy both in our hearts and physically. She still reminds people to wear masks, and everyone takes it as his own.”

Worshiping places that have not reopened Representatives from religions that have not re-opened yet told IGIHE that they have started putting in place infrastructures needed to allow for proper observation of coronavirus guidelines; even though they are expensive, but they hope that next Sunday they will reopen, as they meet all the requirements.

Mushimiyimana Simeon, a representative of the Free Methodist Church, said: "We are waiting for them to visit us because we have done what we were asked to do.”

Kagorora Gallican, ADEPR’s representative, said: "We have not met all the requirements, the hand washing machine is very expensive and it is not less than Rwf 2 million, we are collecting materials, by Friday we will have finished.”

Only two churches in Nyamasheke District have been allowed to reopen after fulfilling all the requirements to comply with the COVID-19 pandemic prevention guidelines.
The hand washing machine is very expensive

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