The All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, the biggest Anglican church, and all PCEA churches have announced closure of Sunday services effective immediately to curb any spread of the novel coronavirus.
The closure of the Sunday service for now will last 21 days in which time, depending on advice from government authorities and the progress in containment, the services would resume or a further extension issued.
The churches would however remain open for private individual prayers.
They further announced plans to continue providing spiritual guidance and resources for the more than 4million members online and on their social media platforms.
“Weddings should be postponed or be done in a ceremony of five people, including the bride, the groom, the best couple and the officiating minister.
“Funeral services should be attended only by the extended family. Viewing of body should not be done at the mortuary to avoid people congregating. The entourage should go straight to the graveside or an open field with a short service of not more than one hour,” said PCEA Secretary-General Reverend Peter Kaniah in a statement.
At the All Saints Cathedral, the church’s main sanctuary will only remain open for individual prayers and not groups, with limited access through the West door only.
“Members are advised to avoid the use of hymn books, prayer books, service sheets and any other objects. The Cathedral clergy will be available to provide pastoral support to bereaved families and conduct funerals with a maximum attendance of 10 people with requisite health precautions,” he said.
“If there is any compelling reasons for any wedding to take place within this period, the Provost will give permission on the understanding that the wedding will have no more than 10 people admitted into the Sanctuary and will take only 30 minutes,” he added.
The measures follow a government directive outlawing all public gatherings in the light of the coronavirus pandemic that has so far claimed the lives of at least 7,529 people globally out of the 184,976 reported cases in 159 countries across the world.
Kenya now has four reported cases of the virus.