Over 50 priests and bishops subscribing to the Christian Ecumenical Council of Uganda have been equipped with knowledge on how to hold prayers in line with the Covid-19 preventive guidelines ahead of their expected reopening.
These have been trained to go to the grass root level and train all their staff on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which were put in place by government in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Concluding the training at Mamre Worship Center Namugongo, Richard Okwi, the social and behavioural change communication officer from the Ministry of Health asked the religious leaders to use the skills gained to prevent the increasing community infections of Covid-19.
“In case the President goes ahead to open churches, it will be good to have prepared individuals who will ensure that places of worship don’t become another source of infections,” Okwi said.
He added that Covid-19 came to stay and therefore the better way to keep the communities safe is through implementation of preventive directives as issued by the Ministry of Health.
Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka of Mamre Prayer Center also the host of this training, called upon government to open up churches because they have full knowledge on mitigating the spread of the pandemic.
“Church services will never be same again after reopening of churches because our children will no longer be able to join us in service among others,” he said.
He called upon fellow religious leaders to implement the set guidelines in case they are opened so that in future, government will be able to reduce on the restrictions against them.
In the proposed guidelines for the church, only 100 people will be allowed in a church service, temperature monitors, hand washing equipment must also be placed at all entrances to ensure that all people are scrutinized before entering the places of worship.
Believers will sit in a spaced manner (social distancing) while putting on face masks throughout the service.
However, churches with very many members will have to conduct multiple services under observation of the SOPs so as to accommodate all numbers.