Church Services To Run For 90 Minutes, Age Limit Revised

The Inter-Faith Council has revised rules for phased reopening of places of worship.

Speaking on Tuesday, council chair Anthony Muheria said the review was following an over 90 percent compliance rate.

“Having seen the high level of compliance in places of worship, we are convinced that Kenyans will now follow the requirements to an acceptable degree, especially in worship gatherings in the course of the week and in their main days,” he said.

As a result, the council announced a raft of revised measures that will see more congregants allowed into the places of worship.

Worship time will starting August 18 last for 90 minutes as opposed to the 60 minutes as announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on July 6.

The council also revised the age limit to persons aged between 6 and 65.

“We however urge all elderly, sick and other conditions to worship at home,” the archbishop told members of the press.

Further, places of worship that can accommodate more than 100 congregants at any given time while ensuring that the 1.5 metre social distance is maintained will be allowed to admit more faithfuls.

Those with smaller spaces will be allowed only 100 people at any particular time.

“We shall especially take care to follow the indication of wearing face masks at all times, hand-washing and regular disinfection of places of worship. We urge all those who are elderly, sick or with health conditions to still worship from their homes,” he added.

On matters burials, Archbishop Muheria said 100 people will be able to attend funerals but only 15 of them will be allowed at gravesite.

He did however note that sharing of food will not be allowed.

“This is a reasonable number that is not too constricting. We plead [with you to] strictly follow this requirement to contain infections. We also insist that there should not be food sharing as the risk becomes higher when people remove their masks to eat,” he stated.

Churches had been closed after the Covid-19 pandemic hit Kenya back in March.

But with the relaxation of Covid-19 measures in July, the president allowed faithfuls to congregate while adhering with set rules.


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