JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that religious gatherings will be allowed to take place under Level 3 restrictions.
Social distancing and hygiene guidelines will have to be followed, and no more than 50 people may congregate.
SACC general-secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said online services weren't possible in rural areas or for churches that couldn't afford to stream video sermons.
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Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says it won't be hard for churches to adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations, as churches were doing so even before the lockdown.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa is allowing religious gatherings from next week when the country moves to alert level three. But only under strict guidelines. Among others, the gatherings will be restricted to 50 people. Courtesy #DStv403