Religious sectors praise governments decision to keep churches open for Easter

SOUTH Africa has increased the total number for indoor gatherings to 250, while outdoor gatherings can now cater for 500. The change was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night in his latest family meeting ahead of the Easter weekend. Ramaphosa said that these measures would be reviewed within the next 15 days based on an assessment on the state of the pandemic and the extent of compliance with health protocols.

At the same time…. Faith-based organisations have welcomed the president’s move to allow more people to gather at places of worship during the Easter period. Director of the Jesuit Institute, Fr Russell Pollitt, said that many in the faith community were hoping that it would be full capacity but the reality was that we’re living in a time where one needed to be cautious. He said that a number of churches had been implementing health measures, adding that people had to register to go to church.

Meanwhile…. The EFF has strongly criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of adjusted lockdown restrictions for the Easter weekend, saying it will encourage reckless behaviour and increase the spread of the coronavirus. Ramaphosa announced that the country will remain on lockdown Level 1 with the only changes being the prohibition of alcohol sales for offsite consumption from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Onsight consumption at restaurants and taverns will still be allowed. EFF head of presidency Sinawo Tambo has also questioned government’s approach to the coronavirus vaccination programme.