CITAM will remain
closed despite the government’s directive to reopen churches.
Through a statement
signed by Bishop David Oginde, the church stated that the pastoral team in
consultation with church elders saw it wise not to reopen in the interest of
“This is especially
in the interest of preserving lives in this period when the Covid-19 infections
are rising sharply.
CITAM Assemblies will remain closed until further notice,” read the statement
Church also expressed reservations regarding the directive to reopen saying the
limit of 100 people per service will not be sufficient.
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“Recognising that a
significant proportion of our congregants consists of families with young
children, we are therefore concerned that the wholesome family fellowship which
we greatly value will be affected if we reopen under the current guidelines.
“We shall not have
physical gatherings taking place and therefore wish to continue airing our
online services,” read the statement.
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
must be sufficient stations of handwashing with soap or sanitization with
congregants must wear proper face masks over their mouth and nose
throughout the service
distance of 1.5m between all congregants must be observed
number of congregants should not exceed 100persons
under the age of 13 and persons over the age of 58 are encouraged to stay
at home during the first phases of reopening
should not exceed 60minutes
shall be regular cleaning and disinfection of places of worship
in avoiding all unnecessary contact during worship
- Use of
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.