Kigali: 400 places of worship meet Covid-19 preventive standards, only 268 reopened

The city of Kigali in partnership with the Rwanda Inter-Religious Council has given green light to more other 77 places of worship to resume congregating, bringing the total number of the opened places of worship to 268.

Since last year when the country went out of the earlier lockdowns, government authorities have been reopening places of worship gradually, partly depending on the measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The newly opened places of worship include 35 in Gasabo district, 13 in Nyarugenge district and 29 in Kicukiro district.

According to city authorities, Kigali has up to 629 places of worship. 400 of these are said to have put in place preventive measures against the virus, however, only 268 have been opened so far.

132 places of worship remain closed.

Following the resolutions by a cabinet meeting held on Friday, February 19 that allowed eligible places of worship to reopen, Kigali City officials and representatives from Rwanda Inter-Religious council held a virtual meeting to assess the preparedness of religious organizations for the prevention.

Referring to the findings of a survey conducted in the city, officials resolved that a total of 77 places of worship resume their services.

Government has allowed places of worship to host only 30 per cent of their congregation.

The cabinet also resolved that civil and religious weddings will be allowed but should not exceed 20 persons, and must comply with all covid-19 preventive measures.

By February 27, Rwanda had 18,790 total confirmed cases of Coid-19, of whom 17,307 have already recovered, while 261 are reported to have died of Covid-19 related issues.