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Places of worship say they will not re-open terming challenge in limiting number of worshippers to 100


On Monday President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the re-opening of places of worship after months of being shut as away to combat spread of Covid-19.

The following day, the Interfaith council appointed by the president announced that the places of worship will be re-opened after adhering to the set directive but went on to limit the number of worshippers at a time to 100 per service.

Following the directive, two of Nairobi’s places of worship have issued statements saying that they will not re-open terming the 100 people limit as a challenge.

Parklands Baptist Church has said it will continue with the virtual services despite government allowing resumption of congregational gatherings in phases. In a statement on Friday, July 10, senior pastor Ambrose Nyangao explained the government directive to limit number of worshipers to 100 per service will not be sufficient to members. Nyangao said the church had also taken note of the guideline that barred persons below 13 and above 58 years of age saying most congregants had families with young children.

“We are therefore concerned that the wholesome family fellowship which we greatly value will be affected if we reopen under the current guidelines. Consequently, we shall not have physical gatherings taking place and wish to continue airing our online services,” he said

Nairobi’s Jamia Mosque also said they will not re-open their doors for physical worship. The mosque committee said it had made arrangement for resumption of prayer services beginning on July 14, but rescinded the decision following wide consultations.