In the wake of phased re-opening in several countries, the government of Rwanda too have allowed religious places to open in the country but with COVID-19 precautions being put at place.
Post the July 15 announcement of the Rwandan Cabinet to open places of worship upon approval by the local authorities, some churches in Rwanda reopened doors on July 19 to religious prayers after being closed for over four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the first church service at St. Etienne Cathedral, Nathan Rusengo Amooti, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Kigali, said, “Before entering the church, worshippers’ temperatures are measured before they are told to clean their hands and as well maintain social distance during praying. We are very strict on COVID-19 prevention measures.”
He added that the number of worshippers in the church gas been limited and they now are required to get themselves registered at the church before starting prayers. He even said that keeping the COVID-19 precautions at hand the church will be cleaned thoroughly by using appropriate disinfectants or cleaning detergents before and after the prayers.
Innocent Consolateur, head priest at Kigali’s St. Michael Cathedral, said, “We thank the government of Rwanda for permitting us to resume public worship. We are very strict on COVID-19 prevention measures and our followers have been told to adhere to the new guidelines.”