Restrictions on religious gatherings eased

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In a televised address this evening President Cyril Ramaphosa brought good news for religious people in South Africa when he announced that during Level 3 the restrictions on religious gatherings would be eased.

Synagogues, churches, mosques and other places of worship would be allowed to operate but will be limited to gatherings of no more than 50 people at a time. Strict measures, such as face mask wearing and sanitation, would also be implemented.

During the address the president provided an update on provisions for the religious sector following a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council, which considered the inputs made by the sector in recent consultations with interfaith leaders.
Religious leaders would be allowed to continue officiating funerals with no more than 50 mourners.

Ramaphosa also announced that Sunday 31 May 2020 would be designated a National Day of Prayer to call for healing and strength in the battle against Covid-19.

Charles Cilliers

The Citizen