Father Elias Senona gives an online mass from the empty Christ The King Roman Catholic Church in Mabopane township near Pretoria. AFP/Phill Magakoe
JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Sunday a national day of prayer.
He is urging religious leaders and the public to pray for the battle against COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Ramaphosa announced that places of worship may reopen subject to strict restrictions under level three of the lockdown.
“On this day, wherever we may be, I call upon you to turn your thoughts to all who have been affected by this pandemic,” the President said.
South Africa will move to lockdown Level 3 from 1 June.
Churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, and other recognised places of worship will resume services with a maximum amount of 50 people or less depending on the space available.
Ramaphosa advised that social distancing will have to be observed and that face-masks will have to be worn by all congregants.
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