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No group hymns or congregants over 60 - rules for worship services under Level 3

29 May 2020 2:43 PM
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Places of worship will have to do things very differently when they partially reopen in level 3 come June.

Under the new level 3 regulations governing religious activities, the singing of hymns is "limited to solo performances, or pre-recorded performances only".

In addition, worship services must be limited to a maximum of two hours, with a 30-minute break between each service, reports EWN's Mia Lindeque.

RELATED: Pastors can rotate services to meet Level 3 limit of 50 - SA Council of Churches

Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other recognised places of worship will be allowed to partially reopen from 1 June.

However, a number of religious organisations have opted to remain closed.

RELATED: South Africa’s largest church (ZCC) decides to remain closed

For those places of worship that do reopen, the following rules apply:

  • every person entering a place of worship must be screened upon entry
  • no more than 50 people are allowed per service
  • worshippers over the age of 60 are discouraged from attending
  • services must not exceed two hours
  • there must be a 30-minute interval between services
  • worshippers must wear masks at all times
  • where masks need to be removed, the distance between persons must be increased to 2,5 meters
  • congregations are banned from singing hymns, only solo or pre-recorded songs allowed
  • a register is required for each service with the name, address and contact details of worshippers
  • the registers must be stored and kept on record for at least six months
  • no physical contact between persons at the place of worship
  • seating must be compliant with social distancing, with at least 1.5 metres between persons
  • no physical contact is allowed
  • any person counting offerings or gifts must sanitise their hands before, during and after
  • no substance or liquid may be shared between persons

The singing of hymns is limited to solo performances or pre-recorded performances during the religious activity.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Where possible, the government has encouraged religious organisations to convene services through virtual platforms.

Listen to the EWN update for more info:


29 May 2020 2:43 PM
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