By our reporter
Christians across Hoima district yesterday thronged different churches to join the rest to pray together during Sunday services for the first time after six months of lockdown.
On September 20th during the presidential address on COVID19, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said places of worship would be reopened with only 70 congregants observing all the other SOPs, individual prayers/confessions, no night prayers, no Kids’ Sunday school, among others.
At St. Peter’s Cathedral, all measures were observed starting from taking body temperature, sanitizing and registering names of each worshiper before accessing the church premises.
Church services were held for one hour and in every service, wardens were spraying seats with sanitizers.
During the first service, the Bunyoro Kitara diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Samuel Kahuma Abwooli asked Christians to always take preventive measures that were put in place.
Due to a lot of seats that have remained unoccupied even after observing social distance, Bishop Kahuma asked President Museveni to allow big churches to host more than 70 people.
However, it has not been the case at Our Lady of Loudes Bujumbura which is the home of Hoima catholic diocese and at St. Cyprian Catholic city church as services were attended by a number of more than 70 worshippers to the extent that it became overwhelming and provided them with more seats outside the two churches which is contrary to president’s directive.
Fr. Sylvester Birungi, the Chaplain of Hoima catholic diocese while preaching during the service asked those with authority to lower themselves.
At Ebenezer City Church, Pr. Vincent Museveni expressed that the number is too little and those who advised the president did not consult church leaders.
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