Congolese Return to Church With Precautions in Place After Five Month Hiatus Due to Coronavirus

Congolese police officers control civilians during a total lockdown amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Gombe commune of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe/File Photo

People gathered for public prayer in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time in five months on Sunday as the country further eased restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Catholics flocked joyfully to Kinshasa’s Notre Dame Cathedral for Sunday’s first mass at 6:30 am, AFP correspondents reported.

Worshippers were required to wash their hands with chlorinated water before entering the sanctuary, where they were kept a metre apart.

The priest — the only person not wearing a face covering — said those who did not observe the measures risked home confinement.

Nearby at the Philadelphia evangelical church, some worshippers were not wearing masks, but all had their temperatures taken before entering.

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SOURCE: AFP, Arsene Mpiana