Coronavirus: Churches take precautions

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Churches and parishes across the country are taking precautions after the government confirmed first case of the new coronavirus in Kenya.

On Friday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe invoked Public Health Act to stop the virus in its tracks. Mr Kagwe suspended all public meetings and events that have large gatherings.

But he said churches will continue to operate as usual as long they provide hand sanitisers for their congregants.

After the announcement, multiple churches throughout the country announced they are taking proactive steps in preparing for it.

Karura Community Chapel, which draws around 2,000 attendees for services every weekend, said hand sanitisers will be in the church compound and in all classrooms.

Reverend George Shiramba of Karura Community Chapel said the church still plans to host Sunday services, but leaders are carefully and constantly monitoring the situation, and are taking measures to provide a safe environment for churchgoers.

Other Parishes urged caution and the use of streaming services.

Here is how churches are trying to keep congregants safe amid coronavirus outbreak:

1. Shrine Of Mary Help of Christians, Upper Hill – Suspending Jumuia masses or services outside church for 30 days. Priests to give communion strictly in the hand and not on the tongue.

There will be no sign of peace by shaking hands in all masses. There will be no holy water dishes at the doors. The sacrament of confession to be outside where there is free movement of the air.

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