Interfaith Council bans Christmas vigil

Dec, 24th 2020 – Christmas and New Year celebrations in places of worship, will only last a maximum of 90 minutes. According to the Interfaith Council for National Response on Coronavirus, overnight events observed by most churches on New Year’s Eve, have also been banned this year.

Speaking at Ufungamano House in Nairobi, the council’s chairman, Archbishop Anthony Muheria, told religious leaders to reinforce observation of the earlier issued guidelines, governing places of worship.

Archbishop Muheria said, “Keep the worship sessions to 90 minutes. That means there should not be any ‘keshas’ during this period and even on New Year’s Eve as they have not yet been allowed.”

During the reopening of places of worship in July, the council issued directives, including washing or sanitizing of hands before entering the places of worship, observing social distancing, limiting worship sessions to 90 minutes, and barring the sick and elderly from services.

Muheria noted that funerals are notorious in flaunting Covid-19 safety precautions. He has called on religious leaders to enforce the safety measures at funerals especially in ensuring that mourners put on masks and ensure social distancing.

He further reiterated that food should not be served at funerals and only a maximum of 15 people be allowed to participate in gravesite rituals. He has also called out on politicians blaming them for the high defiance of the Covid-19 safety guidelines.

With schools set to reopen in the next few days, Archbishop Muheria expressed the need for the need for Covid-19 guidelines to be adhered to in worship services in schools.

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