As part of the measures to ease restrictions due to coronavirus in the country, the President has announced that the ban on religious activities have been relaxed starting from 5th June.

In his 10th address to the nation on measures to fight against the coronavirus, the President stated that churches and mosques can be open but to 100 or less congregation.

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The congregation at any time must observe all the necessary safety protocols in order to curb the spread of the virus.

“An abridged format for religious services can commence. Twenty-five percent (25%) attendance, with a maximum number of one hundred (100) congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between congregants. 

“In addition to the mandatory wearing of masks for all persons at all times in churches and mosques, a register of names and contact details of all worshippers and hand washing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service.”

Religious institutions have also been instructed to disinfect their premises before making it available for service.

“Religious institutions that are desirous of opening their premises to their members, such as churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and operation.”

The President also recommended that from 5th to 7th June should be dedicated as a national day of prayer according to the various believes in the country.

“I would appeal to them, in the case of Christians, on the first Sunday of re-opening, i.e. 7th June, in the case of the Adventists, Saturday, 6th June, and in the case of Muslims, on the first Friday, i.e. Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah on 5th June, to dedicate their worship to prayers for the nation in these challenging times.”

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