Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital News
Worshippers at Holy Family Basilica Church in Nairobi: Churches in Kenya have been exercising strict social distancing due to COVID-19. /CFM-FILE.

Capital Health

Kenya Churches and mosques to re-open from Tuesday

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7- Places of worship will resume services from Tuesday, under stringent guidelines to safeguard congregants from contracting COVID-19.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Chairperson of the Interfaith Council Archbishop Anthony Muheria, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta declared a phased re-opening of the country that had been on a partial lockdown since March.

Kenya had registered 8,067 COVID-19 cases and 164 deaths by July 6.

But even as the places of worship re-open, only 100 people will be required at any given time, with sessions not lasting more than 1 hour.

“This is in order to prepare our congregants for the public worship in the later phases. There must be sufficient stations for hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing of 1.5 meter must be strictly observed,” Muheria announced.

To ensure compliance of the coronavirus directives, Muheria said every place of worship will be expected to form a COVID-19 committee that will be in charge of monitoring the adherence of the new measures.

Worshippers at Holy Family Basilica Church in Nairobi: Churches in Kenya have been exercising strict social distancing due to COVID-19. /CFM-FILE.

“Please let us not rush without preparations. We all understand the great eagerness and longing that we have but with some patience and preparations, we will safely reunite. We must remember that the real solution for this pandemic lies in prayers to the almighty God,” he said.

In his address to the Nation Monday, the Head of State said the phased reopening of places of worship will see only 100 congregants allowed into the sanctuaries.

“In line with the guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council, only a maximum of one hundred (100) participants will be allowed at each worship ceremony and not more than one hour. Sunday Schools and Madrassas shall remain suspended until further notice, and in-person worship shall not include congregants under the age of thirteen (13) years or above the age of 58 years or persons with underlying conditions,” he said when he lifted the cessation of movement for Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera which had been in effect for the past three months.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Kenyatta said the Inter-Religious Faith Council had recommended vulnerable persons, minors below the age of 13 be exempted from the services.

The team was tasked to come up with protocols for the celebration of weddings and other religious ceremonies in the places of worship under social distancing guidelines.

Places of worship including churches and mosques were closed in late March to prevent the spread of the virus with some religious institutions resorting to transmitting their services through online platforms and television stations.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Play to listen to Capital FM News

More on Capital News


NAIROBI,Kenya Sep 27 -Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has urged the youth to exploit digitization as a force for public...


Berlin (AFP), Sep 27 – Germany is headed for weeks, if not months, of protracted coalition haggling as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives insisted Monday...


United Nations (United States) (AFP), Sep 27 – Afghanistan’s envoy to the UN pulled out of delivering an address to the General Assembly Monday,...


NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 27 – Harambee Stars great Victor Wanyama, the first Kenyan to play in the English Premier League (EPL) made a shocking...

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27- The Ministry of Health now says that it is targeting to vaccinate at least 5.8 million people by October 20...

Fifth Estate

The new Kenya Navy Base in Manda Bay, Lamu County will greatly boost Kenya’s counter-terrorism efforts while strengthening the country’s ability to secure her...

Capital Health

PARIS, France Sep 27 – Overshadowed by the global push for vaccines, the search for treatments for Covid-19 has made steady — if slower...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27- A 14-year-old girl who had been kidnapped from her home in Nyeri County in August has been rescued by police...