Countries that have lifted COVID-19 lockdown ban on places of worship

Some countries around the globe either reopened their churches or planned to resume liturgical activities soon.

Going through today ‘s speech by President Uhuru, talk is still ripe about reopening the country and easing restrictions.

A place of worship is one of those. In his Saturday speech , President Uhuru said that in one week, an Inter-Faith Council will be formed to come up with solutions on how to reopen churches and mosques, even as infections with Covid-19 continue to rise.

Her neighbours, other East African countries like Uganda and Rwanda, are not yet debating the matter.

Some countries worldwide, however, have either reopened their churches or intended to resume liturgical practices soon.

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Given that Kenya still has curfew and lockdown restrictions, her neighbor Tanzania is highly commended. Religious activities continue to be held in the East African country.

His president , John Magufuli, was in church two weeks ago telling a huge congregation how he plans to reopen schools and universities, resume sports and even international flights.

Magufuli, who challenged the consistency of Covid-19 test kits and once asked people to pray the virus away, said that the activities could resume in the days to come. However, for being slow in imposing social distancing measures and lacking transparency in his approach to the pandemic, he has come under heavy criticism.

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During the coronavirus pandemic on 2 June, Nigeria lifted restrictions on religious gatherings.

Chairman of Nigeria’s Covid-19 Presidential Task Force, Boss Mustapha declared that mosques, churches, and hotels are free to open, but under certain conditions.

Worshippers must wear face masks, maintain their social distance and wash or sanitize their hands properly before entering their congregation.

After nearly three months of closure Tunisia reopened its mosques on Thursday. The country terminated most restrictions on lockdowns after containing coronavirus spread.

Reuters announced in April that the largest churches in South Korea are reopening.

Nevertheless, after the government relaxed restrictions on religious gatherings, worshippers were expected to maintain social distance and wear masks.

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Members of the Church expressed faith in South Korea and churches’ ability to tackle coronavirus outbreak.

“I did not have fear. I believed that the church would abide by safe principles,” Kang Hye-mi, a worshiper in Seoul told Reuters.

On May 23 in the United States, President Donald Trump declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and threatened to quash governors who refuse to reopen them.

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