Aboard the papal plane, 28 July, 2021 / 7:41 pm (ACI Africa).
In revised guidelines following the relax restrictions on public worship in South Africa, a Catholic Bishop in the country has urged the faithful to strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.
In a televised address Sunday, July 25, President Cyril Ramaphosa said several of South Africa’s lockdown regulations will be relaxed as the country moves to an adjusted level 3 lockdown with immediate effect.
President Ramaphosa permitted gatherings including religious services, political and social events, limiting the number of those coming together to a maximum of 50 people when indoors and 100 people outdoors.
“We welcome President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement to move South Africa to Adjusted Level 3. This is good news for us as a Catholic/Christian Community so that we can gather in our Churches to praise God,” Bishop Peter John Holiday says in the statement issued Tuesday, July 27.
Bishop Holiday adds, “The Adjusted Level 3 comes with the keeping of protocols and restrictions. What this means is that we keep to wearing masks, sanitizing and social distancing.”