Churches in Rwanda have been given the permission to reopen but with strict conditions meant to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Considering the drastic spread of covid-19 globally; there are measures to be adhered to despite the reopening of churches in Rwanda, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office, BBC reports.
On the situation before the shutting down of the churches, hours after the first case of Covid-19 was reported, churches and schools were ordered to shut across the country on 14 March.
The measures that have been put in place to be adhered to are:
Churchgoers will now have to be registered at the entrance, maintain 1.5m (4.9ft) distance and must wear masks
Congregants must not give offerings in cash
Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in.
While making comments on BBC Bishop Philippe Rukamba of the Council of Catholic Bishops in Rwanda recently said, that when they were allowed to reopen, “Catholic tradition order of Mass would remain the same, but the how would change.”
Since the announcement was made, Rwandans have been making different comments. While some hailed the government’s recent decision to open churches, others at the bars complained.
As schools will remain closed until September Rwanda has recorded 1,435 cases of Covid-19 and four deaths.