Nairobi, 26 March, 2021 / 6:08 pm (ACI Africa).
Public worship in some four Kenyan Dioceses has been suspended indefinitely amid a spike in reported cases of COVID-19 in the East African nation.
Announcing the suspension Friday, March 26 alongside other restrictions, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta directed, “All physical/In-person and congregational worship in ALL places of worship … stands suspended until otherwise notified.”
The affected Catholic Church jurisdictions include Nairobi Archdiocese, and parts of the Dioceses of Ngong, Machakos, and Nakuru. These are episcopal sees that cover Kenya’s Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.
President Kenyatta clarified that in person and congregational worship in the rest of the 42 Kenyan Counties covered by 22 Catholic Diocese “shall continue to be conducted in keeping with the one-third rule” and in accordance with the guidelines of the Catholic Archbishop-led Interfaith Council.
According to Kenya’s Head of State, the five Kenyan Counties with renewed restrictions have recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the third wave of the pandemic in the country, a situation that “calls for urgent and drastic measures,” he said.