By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda has issued tough conditions to be followed by religious leaders before reopening churches and mosques across the country.
Sources within State House have revealed to this website that following a meeting president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni convened with the National COVID-19 Taskforce, it was agreed that place of worship be reopened with tight regulations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus amongst worshippers.
Some of the conditions that have been set include; worshipers in any church or mosque shall not exceed 200, all the congregation must be masked up and church leaders must ensure that the worshipers wash or sanitize hands before, during and after prayer.
The church leaders have also been instructed to ensure that worshipers are vaccinated against COVID-19 and that the churches schedule several prayer sessions in a bid to reduce crowding in their places of worship.
We have learnt however, that the meeting did not come up with an exact date on which the places of worship are to reopen although this will be revealed by President Museveni during his COVID-19 national address slated for today, Wednesday, at 8:00PM, which will be broadcast on all TV and radio stations.
In the same vein, the meeting also agreed that universities and institutions of higher learning reopen on November 1st, although they will only do so if they put in place Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and must ensure that all leaners are vaccinated by end of this year.
The rest of the resolutions that were reached upon by the government will be revealed by president Museveni in his national address tonight.