Guidelines to be followed when churches are reopened

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Jul 7th 2020 at 16:30
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The Interfaith Council on Tuesday announced the way forward as far as reopening places of worship is concerned.

Through a statement read by Archbishop Anthony Muheria, the council noted that public places of worship will be reopened in the next few days, tentatively on July 14, 2020, but a number of guidelines have to be adhered to. There must be sufficient stations of handwashing with soap or sanitization with alcohol-based sanitizersAll congregants must wear proper face masks over their mouth and nose throughout the serviceSocial distance of 1.5m between all congregants must be observedMaximum number of congregants should not exceed 100personsChildren under the age of 13 and persons over the age of 58 are encouraged to stay at home during the first phases of reopeningService should not exceed 60minutes

Further; There shall be regular cleaning and disinfection of places of worshipCare in avoiding all unnecessary contact during worshipUse of thermal gunsCollections and other activities that involve passing around items will be rethought

The council noted that reopening places of worship will follow four phases which will depend on the infection trend and spread.

“After due consideration, the Interfaith Council now advises that the places of public worship may be reopened in the next seven days from Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

“We advise that all the congregations should prepare themselves adequately for this phase,” said Muheria.

The council is set to review and advice accordingly in the next three weeks.

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