Religious leaders in Nakuru have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to ease restrictions on worship places and allow limited congregational worship.
Led by Bishop Mike Brawan of Metro Church International,they said the church has been on the frontline in observing COVID-19 protocols.
The leaders are now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow congregational worship of not more than 100 persons per hour.
“We appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow the worship places even if it means 100 members per service” said Brawan.
Bishop Brawan addressed the media after conducting an online Sunday service at his church in Nakuru’s Freehold estate.
He said the church is the hope for Kenyans even during this harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
While noting that Kenyans are going through harsh economic times,Brawan said the only hope remains the church.
He appealed to the government to consider allowing limited congregational worship but also ensure action is taken on markets which are now disregarding the COVID-19 protocols.
This, he noted will ensure more lives are saved adding that the government should also ensure hope for Kenyans and not create unnecessary fear.
President Uhuru Kenyatta during his 19th national address on COVID-19,suspended all worship gatherings in the counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru as a part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections in the country.
The five counties were declared disease infected areas.
The ban too effect from Saturday, March 27 and remains in force until further notice.
“That all physical/In-person and congregational worship in ALL places of worship in the Counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru stands suspended until otherwise notified,” said Kenyatta.
The move has seen churches revert to conduct services online with only 15 members( Worship team and instrumentalists) allowed in church.