Ndola, 18 February, 2021 / 12:21 pm (ACI Africa).
Parishes of Ndola Diocese that record “high” infections of COVID-19 among parishioners “shall close,” the Local Ordinary of the Zambian Diocese has directed.
In his Thursday, February 18 letter, Bishop Benjamin Phiri encourages the people of God under his pastoral care to go for voluntary COVID-19 tests.
“Once the number of the lay faithful who have tested positive to Covid-19 in a particular parish is high, the parish shall close until it is deemed safe to reopen,” Bishop Phiri says.
The leadership of Parishes “shall arrange for fumigation of the premises,” the Bishop further directs in reference to a situation where parishioners test positive for COVID-19.
In case a Parish Priest tests positive for the coronavirus, the Local Ordinary of Ndola says, “that particular Priest shall be quarantined and isolated for treatment whilst the other Priests living with him will continue to celebrate Mass for the faithful if they are negative.”