The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Kazimba Mugalu, has asked clergies not to re-open churches if they haven’t yet fully put in place the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
The Archbishop made the remarks during a service at his home in Namirembe on Sunday. Kazimba said that some churches have no temperature guns, books for registering those entering the church and therefore they should first put emphasis on meeting the Ministry’s guidelines before re-opening.
He said Namirembe and All Saints cathedral Nakasero, will re-open on Sunday October 4, 2020, and urged all churches in the province to first put the SOPs in place before re-opening to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Thousands of Ugandans throng places of worship on Sunday after government allowed the reopening of places of worship as it eases the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
President Yoweri Museveni on September 20 said places of worship would be reopened with only 70 congregants observing all the other SOPs, individual prayers/confessions, no night prayers, no Kids’ Sunday school, among others.
Fr Joe King, the priest at St Kalori Lwanga said they had tried to observe all other SOPs but could not handle the overwhelming number of congregants who turned up for prayers.
He said the country is e dealing with a big number of Christians and the restrictions of not have more than 70 people are the biggest challenge,despite following the Standard Operation Procedures