“Religious leaders essential workers”… South Africa reopens Churches

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The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has today announced that churches and other places of worship will be allowed operate under lockdown level 3.

Ramaphosa said the country has the responsibility to help its citizens spiritually and psychologically.

“The religious community has helped the needy in this time and that can’t be ignored.” said the President.

However strict measures will have be followed in order for Church services to take place.

Not more than 50 people will be allowed per service depending on the size of the church.

He also added that everyone in the church has to be sanitized and wear protective face masks.

The president said religious leaders are also recognized as essential services.

“Religious leaders recognized as essential religious Frontliners, they will continue to officiate funerals of not more than 50 people.”

He also announced that the whole nation will on Sunday 31 May embark on a day of national prayer. To pray for healing of the nation.

This development comes after Religious leaders has complained to the Coronavirus national command council that why would they open liquor stores and leave out churches.

South Africa has recorded more than 22 thousand cases of Coronavirus and more than 11 000 recoveries.

He however said social distancing and to continue into the future.

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