South Africa observes a National Day of Prayer this Sunday

Places of worship are expected to open on Monday  June 1, under strict conditions, as the country heads into Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown

Sunday is a National Day of Prayer as declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africans have been called upon by the President to pray at their homes for the country and its people to heal and overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent days over a thousand new infections have been recorded on a daily basis.

Places of worship are expected to open on Monday, June 1, under strict conditions, as the country heads into Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.

Churches may resume services but limited to 50 people: President Ramaphosa

In his address on Tuesday evening, leading a call for a National Day of Prayer, Ramaphosa said the government understood the great impact that the closure of places of worship have had on members of the faith community, which he says has worsened the distress of communities who are unable to worship in congregation.

“Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other recognised places of worship may resume services, but these will be limited in size to 50 people or less depending on the space available,” says Ramaphosa.

He has, however, cautioned that social distancing will have to be observed and all worshippers and participants will have to wear face masks in line with the current regulations.

“All religious organisations must put protocols in place for, among other things, thoroughly cleaning and sanitising places for worship before and after services.”