AFRICA/UGANDA - Places of worship reopened after closure due to the second wave of Covid-19

Friday, 24 September 2021

Kampala (Agenzia Fides) - The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has announced the imminent reopening of places of worship after an interruption of over a year. In June 2020 all churches in the country were closed due to the sharp increase in corona-virus infections and closed to the public. According to the “Ugandan Catholics Online” portal, Museveni gave precise instructions. "The number of believers must not exceed 200, provided the place of worship can have a distance of 2 meters on either side and adequate ventilation, full compliance with all mandatory regulations, including hand washing / use of alcohol-based disinfectants, temperature monitoring and ensure that all believers, including the choir and the celebrants, wear face masks at all times".
The president called on Catholic leaders to work with the government to encourage the population to vaccinate and to comply with all other control measures. As of September 22, 2021, there were 123,502 confirmed COVID-19 infections, 3,135 deaths and 340 admissions to private and public hospitals in Uganda. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 24/9/2021)