Christians fear the risk of contracting COVID-19 as churches reopens

St George Catholic Church in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Gazal. Photo; Akol Yom FM

Worshippers turn out in large number on Sunday to attend their first church services in Aweil town despite expressing concerns over the risk of contracting the deadly COVID-19 due to the lack of social distancing in the among the worshippers.

The people in Aweil attended the Sunday church services for the first since the government decree that shutdown all the places of worship back in March 2020.

St. George Cathedral  in Aweil town was one of the churches  thronged by faithfuls for prayers.  Noticeably some of the congregations had no face-masks and did not keep social distancing.

Some believers we spoke to urged the Council of Churches to provide hand washing containers and create one meter spacing for people as a social distance measurein the church.

Yes we have big prayers at the church today and some of the believers are wearing face mask and others not because there are no enough for everyone. So we are calling on the churches to provide face-mask to the believers. We need at least prayers should be divided at the church to have social distance and provide other preventive measure against coronavirus.”

The Church leaders promised to avail the items that could help reduce the risk. Bishop Abraham Wol Tong said the council of churches would divide the prayers into a smaller sessions to help reduce congestions.

“We will comply with requests of our community because church is a place where community gather for worship and will work hard with our partners to reduce the health risk of COVID 19.”

Bishop Abraham added that people are always afraid to come to places where their health would not be protected. He promised that the church will work hard to supply the hand washing containers and sanitizers to parishes in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

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