Churches now allowed to congregate 

by | Aug 12, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments


Mako Jerera

Cabinet has allowed churches to open and congregate, provided all attending members are fully vaccinated.

The latest adjustment comes as the only amendment on the level four lockdown which President Mnangagwa extended by two weeks.

The reprieve for churches, some of whom have been gathering nicodemously, was announced by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa at a post-cabinet briefing in Harare this week.

“Cabinet wishes to inform the public that churches can now allow sit-in congregants under the following conditions: only congregants who have received two doses of the vaccine are allowed to attend, all Ministry of Health and Child Care and WHO protocols are adhered to, and all those found in breach will be arrested, including the leaders of the churches,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

The move is expected to reduce vaccination apathy among the religious who have been expressing suspicion towards vaccines due to misinformation presented as religious teachings.

Meanwhile, Cabinet informed the nation that private companies, hotels and other institutions can access vaccines upon payment of the requisite fees to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.