The President on his last speech about the measures in place in the fight against COVID 19 has called for the reopening o churches but restricting the number of people acceptable and the number of minutes that can be spent there.

The Minister for Religious Affairs also came out with the specifics and instructions needed for the feasibility of the reopening. Some of the specific protocols to be used include:

  • Thermometer guns or thermal scanners are provided for checking the temperature of congregants at entry points of all venues
  • Provision of adequate waste management facilities (bins,cans,bin-liners and single-use tissues)
  • Provision of adequate toilet facilities for use by members.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently used communal places ( like toilet surfaces) and frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, preferably every 1-2hours depending on the rate of utilization
  • Designate a holding room or area where a person who becomes sick at the premises/event can be isolated from others while making arrangements for evacuation
  • Regular disinfection of venues used by churches, preferably once every month
  • Trained cleaners with the necessary personal protective equipment and cleaning items to clean the facilities regularly and handle waste appropriately
  • Provide adequate ventilation i.e open windows to allow for maximum circulation of fresh air, if possible, avoid confined air-conditioned rooms
  • Display approved health promotion materials on Covid-19 at vantage points to remind congregants to keep to social distancing protocols, wearing of the masks,regular handwashing, coughing, and sneezing etiquette
  • Ensure a No handshake, No hugging and No Spitting policy at all time
  • Unwell persons are not allowed to attend church –
  • Older persons and people of any age with underlying medical conditions, heart diseases, diabetes, liver disease, and asthma are advised to stay away from church services –
  • Sharing personal items such as watches, jewellery, pens and phones should be discouraged
  • No crowd dancing and waving of handkerchiefs during church services
  • Sanitize microphones immediately after use
  • All who speak/sing in churches (including pastors, Sunday school teachers, singers and announcers ) must wear face mask during service
  • Discourage singing in groups, Pre-recoded songs or solos should be used –
  • Place offering bowls at the entrance and exit points for members to give offerings and tithes when entering or on their way out of church premises
  • In observance of social distancing protocols, laying on of hands should not be allowed –
  • Spend at least 5 minutes of Church service time to educate church members on COVID 19

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