CONTAINING CORONAVIRUS

[PHOTOS] Churches enforce strict guidelines for congregation amid Covid-19 fears

In some of the churches greeting by hand, hugging has been suspended.

In Summary

• Kenyan churches across the country on Sunday started enforcing strict measures for congregations in a move aimed at containing the spread of the Coronavirus.

• Some of the members worshipping from home meanwhile have been urged to use the church pay bill numbers for their tithes and offering.

Bishops at ACK Mombasa memorial cathedral wash their hands on March 15, 2020.
Bishops at ACK Mombasa memorial cathedral wash their hands on March 15, 2020.
Image: JOHN CHESOLI

Kenyan churches across the country on Sunday started enforcing strict measures for congregations in a move aimed at containing the spread of the Coronavirus.

Ushers at ACK St Stephen Cathedral in Kisumu sprinkles hand sanitizer to faithfuls on March 15, 2020.
Ushers at ACK St Stephen Cathedral in Kisumu sprinkles hand sanitizer to faithfuls on March 15, 2020.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe last Friday reported the country's first covid-19 case. 

Deliverance Church Umoja during the third service on March 15, 2020.
Deliverance Church Umoja during the third service on March 15, 2020.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

The World Health Organisation on Sunday said there were 273 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa in 26 countries with 6 reported deaths.

Reverend Gatuma Mbogo sanitising his hands before the service starts at ACK St Marks Church Westlands on March 15,2020
Reverend Gatuma Mbogo sanitising his hands before the service starts at ACK St Marks Church Westlands on March 15,2020
Image: MERCY MUMO

In some of the churches across the country, greeting by hand, hugging and also provisions of lunch has been suspended until further notice.

An usher applies a hand sanitiser to the worshippers before the service at Deliverance Church Umoja, Nairobi on March 15, 2020./DOUGLAS OKIDDY
An usher applies a hand sanitiser to the worshippers before the service at Deliverance Church Umoja, Nairobi on March 15, 2020./DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Some of the members worshipping from home meanwhile have been urged to use the church pay bill numbers for their tithes and offering.

An usher applies a hand sanitiser to the worshippers before the service at Deliverance Church Umoja, Nairobi on March 15, 2020./DOUGLAS OKIDDY
An usher applies a hand sanitiser to the worshippers before the service at Deliverance Church Umoja, Nairobi on March 15, 2020./DOUGLAS OKIDDY

In giving Holy Communion to the sick, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked priests to observe a high level of hygiene, washing of hands before and after the Holy communion or anointing the sick to avoid any infection.

Ushers at ACK St Stephen Cathedral in Kisumu sprinkles hand sanitizer to faithfuls on March 15, 2020.
Ushers at ACK St Stephen Cathedral in Kisumu sprinkles hand sanitizer to faithfuls on March 15, 2020.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

They also stated that strong measures should be followed especially before carrying out any assistance on the Altar by the servers and any extraordinary minister who comes in contact with the liturgical items or Eucharistic species.

A woman washes her hands at the entrance of Power of Jesus Around the World church in Kisumu on March 15, 2020.
A woman washes her hands at the entrance of Power of Jesus Around the World church in Kisumu on March 15, 2020.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

CITAM said they will provide hand sanitisers in all their ministries.

Blessing Mbuvi, a Sunday school girl washes hands outside Africa Inland Church (AIC) in Voi, Taita Taveta County before a church service on Sunday, March 15,2020/SOLOMON MUINGI
Blessing Mbuvi, a Sunday school girl washes hands outside Africa Inland Church (AIC) in Voi, Taita Taveta County before a church service on Sunday, March 15,2020/SOLOMON MUINGI

"On behalf of our presiding bishop, and the entire CITAM family, we pray for God's protection on the people of Kenya and his continued favor upon our Nation," they said in a tweet.

Worshipers greet each other outside St Marks Church Westlands before the service starts on March 15, 2020/ MERCY MUMO
Worshipers greet each other outside St Marks Church Westlands before the service starts on March 15, 2020/ MERCY MUMO

These measures will continue until the threat of the virus is abated.

Worshipers greet each other outside St Marks Church Westlands before the service starts on March 15, 2020/ MERCY MUMO
Worshipers greet each other outside St Marks Church Westlands before the service starts on March 15, 2020/ MERCY MUMO

The Seventh Day Adventist church in Ranen Conference administrative area has cancelled all planned and ongoing crusades over fear of coronavirus.

Church faithful sanitise their hands right before they attend service at St Phillips in Jericho on March 15,2020 /CHARLENE MALWA
Church faithful sanitise their hands right before they attend service at St Phillips in Jericho on March 15,2020 /CHARLENE MALWA

The conference’s director, pastor Bering Ngore said all churches in the conference that covers Migori and part of Homa Bay counties have been instructed to cancel the crusades and inter-church gatherings.

Church faithful sanitise their hands right before they attend service at St Phillips in Jericho on March 15,2020 /CHARLENE MALWA
Church faithful sanitise their hands right before they attend service at St Phillips in Jericho on March 15,2020 /CHARLENE MALWA