Re­li­gious groups wel­come govt’s an­nounce­ment

Fiji Sun - - NATION - INOKE RABONU and WATI TALEBULA Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Three re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try have wel­comed the an­nounce­ment by Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama al­low­ing houses of wor­ship to re­open their doors to this Fri­day.

Ef­fec­tive on June 26, 2020, Mr Bain­i­marama said up to 100 wor­ship­pers would be al­lowed. Mr Bain­i­marama said the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices would meet re­li­gious lead­ers to talk about how the “new nor­mal” could be im­ple­mented in houses of wor­ship.

Pres­i­dent of the Methodist Church of Fiji Rev­erend Epineri Vakade­wavosa said he had com­mu­ni­cated the in­for­ma­tion to all di­vi­sional pas­tors and ad­vised them to set up wor­ship pro­grammes that al­lowed only 100 peo­ple.

“For the time be­ing I have told the di­vi­sional pas­tors that we could look into strength­en­ing wor­ship­ping to­gether by dif­fer­ent groups like the youth fel­low­ship, Sun­day school ses­sions for our chil­dren and the men and women’s fel­low­ship to en­sure that we stick to the re­stric­tion in place.” Fiji Mus­lim League pres­i­dent Hafiz Khan said: “I know wor­ship­pers are look­ing for­ward to go into places of wor­ship, but as for the Fiji Mus­lim League, we will be mind­ful of the lim­i­ta­tions in terms of mem­bers and so­cial dis­tanc­ing.”

Arya Pra­tinidhi Sabha Me­dia Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Kam­lesh Arya said the Sabha “be­lieves that we are not out of the woods as yet and whilst the Govern­ment has an­nounced some de­gree of re­lax­ation it is in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity to act re­spon­si­bly to help in the con­tin­ued ef­forts to con­trol and keep the spread of coro­n­avirus at bay.”

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