COVID-19: Rwanda reopens Churches after four months

Rwanda has allowed Churches to reopen but with strict conditions meant to limit the spread of Coronavirus, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s office.

Churchgoers will now have to be registered at the entrance, while maintaining 1.5metre distance and must wear masks.  Also, congregants must not give offerings in cash, while children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in.

Churches and schools were ordered shut across the country on 14 March, hours after the first case of Covid-19 was reported.

Schools will however remain closed until September.

Meanwhile, Rwandans online have praised the decision while others have complained that bars – which remain closed – should also be allowed to open.

Rwanda has recorded 1,435 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths.

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