Places of worship to reopen under level 3

Written by on 27 May, 2020

President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has given the go-ahead for places of worship to reopen under level three lockdown but it will be limited to 50 people or less per service.

He provided an update on provisions for the religious sector following a meeting of the National coronavirus Command Council.

Ramaphosa says congregants must wear masks, social distancing cannot be abandoned and places of worship must maintain sanitation and disinfection measures.

He added that religious leaders will now be recognised as essential service providers.

Meanwhile, mineworkers’ union NUM is concerned about the rapid spreading of the coronavirus in mines.

AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng Mine near Carltonville in Gauteng, has almost 200 confirmed cases, while cases have also been reported in several mines in Limpopo and North West.

NUM spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu, says their members must refuse to work in mines where the necessary Covid-19 safety and health measures are not in place.

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