Coronavirus: Kenya Shuts Churches and Mosques

  • Bishop Sapit urged all believers to pray at home with their families and to ensure that they separate themselves from the crowds.
  • The Jamia mosque has announced a moratorium on all its activities and worship for its believers.
  • Other closed churches are the All Saints Catholic Church in Nairobi, and the rest of the Presbyterian churches (PCEA).

Some churches and mosques in Kenya have announced a moratorium on worship and other activities to protect believers from Coronavirus infection. Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit announced the termination of all church services including Sunday services, wedding ceremonies, and funerals.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

In his statement, Bishop Sapit urged all believers to pray at home with their families and to ensure that they separate themselves from the crowds. Regarding the holy sacrament, bishop Sapit said the service would be conducted in a special order. Believers will be required to engage in worship and prayer through technology. The services will be broadcast live on social networks, such as Facebook, and the church’s official website.

“Every Sunday there will be live broadcasts starting at two in the morning and Wednesday at twelve in the evening,” read some of Bishop Sapit’s statement. The church has also called on the government to intensify efforts to address the epidemic by ensuring that all workers are protected by their employers.

In addition, the Jamia mosque has announced a moratorium on all its activities and worship for its believers. The secretary of the mosque committee Abdul Bary Hamid said in a statement that there would be no prayer meetings in Jamia mosque indefinitely. Mr. Hamid said the decision was reached after consultation with the council of Majlis Ulama and that of Muslim specialists in medical matters (KAMMP). “We will continue to monitor the situation and provide more information to the Muslim community,” he said.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Other closed churches are the All Saints Catholic Church in Nairobi, and the rest of the Presbyterian churches (PCEA). All PCEA church meetings have been suspended for 21 days. In order to advance church activities, preachers will use networks to preach the gospel and pray for the community as a whole.

Meanwhile, the main province of the Catholic Church in Nairobi has abolished Sunday worship and other occasions. In a statement issued Tuesday by priest Sammy Wainaina. However, the main part of the application will remain open to individuals.
The cleaners in the church will make sure the floor and all parts are cleaned several times a day.

“Those who come to the church for personal prayer will have to wash their hands at the main gate and also pray at the soap,” said part of the statement by Rev. Wainaina. Anyone who comes to church has been warned against the use of songbooks, prayers and all other papers for the benefit of their health. In addition, all meetings and ceremonies of the Catholic church have also been canceled for the same period.

Pastor Wainaina has demanded that all who have plans for wedding ceremonies within the next four weeks suspend them until normal conditions return. Funeral services will be conducted by the clergy of the church but for a group of not more than 10 people only.

The sermons and prayers will be available online through the church’s website and also on Facebook and Twitter networks. Pastor Wainaina has called on believers to use the Mobile-money and banking method to send their offerings along with the tithe.

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