Government has outlined protocols which churches must adhere to as they are given the green light to worship with congregants.

The Religious Affairs Minister Kofi Dzamesi announced them at a press conference at the Information Ministry on Monday.

Below are the safety protocols for churches announced by the Religious Affairs Minister on Monday.

  1. Provide thermometer guns
  2. No mask no entry.
  3. Hand washing and sanitizers: regularly sanitize microphones and others.
  4. Waste disposal bins.
  5. Toilets with regular cleaning.
  6. Training and provision of PPE to protocol officers.
  7. Adequate ventilation ie windows etc.
  8. Emergency Unit (Designate a room)
  9. No hugging, no shaking of hands, no spitting policy
  10. Form Covid-19 Task Force.
  11. Older people and people with underlying medical conditions should stay away from church for now.
  12. No group singing, dancing and waving of handkerchiefs.
  13. Laying on of hands is not allowed.
  14. Create separate sitting areas for those who are fairly old.
  15. Practice social distancing – at least one meter or six feet apart.
  16. Disinfect Chapel before church service and regularly do so.
  17. There should be an immediate evacuation of any suspected case and call # 112 or 311 to report.
  18. Put bowl at the entrance for the offertory.
  19. Adequate information ie notices such as no mask, no entry; wash your hand here; no handwashing no entry etc.
  20. Isolate suspected cases.
  21. Inform them they will be handed over to the health authorities.
  22. Call in the health authorities.
  23. Sunday schools and Children’s services are to remain closed for now.