SA Council of Churches welcomes reopening of places of worship

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also made a call for a national day of prayer. Courtesy #DStv403

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.

Level 3 regulations: Ramaphosa lifts ban on religious gatherings

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.

Ramaphosa has declared Sunday, 31 May a national day of prayer as the country grapples with the coronavirus.

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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


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