The Ministry of Local Government(MINALOC) has made several adjustments that allow places of worship more options to gather for prayer in respect of COVID-19 preventive measures.
The new instructions that were communicated on December 4 indicate that among others; children aged from six (6) and above who study can go to places of worship if they are accompanied by parents or siblings.”
The communique further reads that faith-based organizations will continue to hold their services on their worship day-Friday for the Muslims, Saturday for the Adventists and Sunday for those who normally gather on Sunday.
However, the communique reads that every faith-based organization that was authorized to open can choose two more days of services during the week.
The days should be communicated to local government authorities for monitoring.
Also new in these instructions is that the elderly aged 65 years and above “can also go to their places of worship but should attend a separate service dedicated to them only. This provision however does not apply to church leaders.”
The instructions indicated that prayer services should not last for more than two hours, and the maximum number of services per day is three.
Minaloc requested places of worship to continue to observe the measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as indicated in the instructions of July 30 this year.