Some churches in Bulawayo have reportedly welcomed the government’s decision to prohibit church gatherings once again in the wake of the resurgence in COVID-19 cases over the last few days. the Chronicle reports.
The publication spoke to an apostolic church leader Johane Masowe Apostle Sector’s Madzibaba Emmanuel Mutumwa who said;
As the apostolic church sector, we believe that we have a role to play in supporting the Government. We’re in no position to defy the rules set by the Government thus we welcome their move to re-ban church gatherings.
We’ve since notified congregants that we won’t be congregating physically and our focus now is to have them pray at their homes so as to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. As such, we’re returning to using the WhatsApp platform for our services.
Association of the Apostolic Churches in Zimbabwe (AACZ) President Bishop Vushe shared Mutumwa’s sentiments and said:
It’s very important to follow the rules and regulations of the Government. The increase in number of the positive coronavirus cases is worrying and we also observed that although churches were operating, most were not following the rules and regulations and did not have the required sanitisers and infrared thermometers.
It was also difficult for the church members to maintain social distance. We urge the nation to pray indoors until the right time comes.
The president on Tuesday announced that large gatherings were once again prohibited after the country’s COVID-19 cases increased over the last few weeks as he tightened lockdown restrictions to try and curb spreading the novel coronavirus.