Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Friday asked the elderly to avoid places of worship for the time being especially if they have other ailments.
Speaking during a Covid-19 briefing in Kilifi County, CS Kagwe noted that those above the age of 60 are better off worshipping at home since God will still hear them.
“If you are above 60 and maybe you are suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure, it is not advisable to go to crowded places.
“God is omnipresent. He will hear you from wherever you are. Let us worship from home for now then later when the situation improves we can go back to church,” he said.
Adding: “There is no hurry to go to heaven or to go to church.”
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 sanitizers
All congregants must wear proper face masks over their mouth and nose throughout the service
Social distance of 1.5m between all congregants must be observed
Maximum number of congregants should not exceed 100persons
Children under the age of 13 and persons over the age of 58 are encouraged to stay at home during the first phases of reopening
Service should not exceed 60minutes
There shall be regular cleaning and disinfection of places of worship
Care in avoiding all unnecessary contact during worship
Use of thermal guns
Collections 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.