The Local Ordinary of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese further said during the press conference in Nairobi September 29, “We will also allow group meetings and special service for youth and special groups provided they follow the other criteria of social spacing and duration.”
He also said that previously set guidelines “of hand washing or sanitizing stations in the compound, and where possible temperature checks, will still continue in force.”
“All requirements of sanitization of the premises, non-sharing of items and use of common elements will also continue in force,” he added.
Places of worship in the East African country reopened in July amid strict guidelines after three months of closure aimed at minimizing the spread of the COVID-19.
“Sunday Schools and Madrassas shall remain suspended until further notice, and in-person worship shall not include congregants under the age of thirteen (13) years or above the age of fifty-eight (58) years or persons with underlying conditions,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said when he addressed the nation July 6.
In August, the time for public worship was extended from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, the leadership of the 16-member Council also announcing that the age limit of eligible congregants had been revised from that previously set 13-58 years to 6-65 years.
In the September 29 Press Conference, the Chairman of the Inter-faith Council noted that funeral gatherings pose the “biggest danger in the gathering for prayer”.
He “sincerely and passionately” appealed to Kenyans to consider the dangers that irresponsible behavior in funerals can cause saying, “We love our dear ones who have passed away, but we do not want the funeral to be a cause for other funerals we can avoid.”
“We must recover the meaning of the funeral as a prayer gathering, and not a political, status, or public spectacle platform. Funerals must return to be funerals,” Archbishop Muheria said September 29.
He regretted the behavior of a section of politicians saying, “We have unfortunately witnessed not only a total flouting of all COVID-19 guidelines, rules and protocols, but even the total lack of decency and respect, especially from the political class.”