Churches in Rwanda have officially reopened but with a low turn up of the faithful after four months period of lockdown.
Steven MUGISHA a christian at Paroisse Cyahinda Diocese in Butare told Parrotsug that there is still the fear of acquiring the virus among the faithful despite the decision by gov’t to restrict number of the congregants.
Schools and worship centres were closed down in March after Ministry of Health in Rwanda confirmed the first coronavirus case in the country. The closure was a mean of containing the spread of the infectious COVID-19 disease which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic.
Its understood that on Wednesday this week, Rwandan government ordered for the reopening of places of worship under strict rules.
As of 18 July, 2020, Rwanda had 1,539 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 819 recoveries and 5 deaths.
Officials from the Local government and Rwandan Governance Board said that each Church would be reopened after an inspection to ascertain they meet the set restrictions.
Gov’t further directed that every house of prayer must have hand sanitizers, infrared thermometers and measures to uphold the use of face masks. The number of congregants is also very restricted to avoid overcrowding.
Gov’t Guidelines to reopen places of worship in Rwanda.