As Weah Declares Worship Centers Open Amid COVID-19, Some Churches Cautiously Open

Bishop Kortu Brown, President of the Liberia Council of Churches

Following President Weah’s declaration of the opening of Churches and Mosques to open their door to their respective members amid the outbreak of this deadly Coronavirus which is sweeping the world, few Churches  today, Sunday May 17, 2020 opened their doors with cautious.

Even though some of the leading Churches in the country including the Catholic, Methodist and others declined to abide by the request of the Liberian leader, GNN reporter who visited some of the Churches that opened their doors said he saw members of some of the Churches that opened their doors observing of social distancing, and the wearing of masks.

Our reporter said some of the most famous churches including the Catholic Churches, the Methodist Churches and the Baptist Churches doors were still close, with some of members who were interviewed said it is now feasible at this moment when the high rate of the virus is still climbing. Currently Liberia has 223 confirmed cases of the virus with 20 deaths.

Meanwhile, the President of the Liberia Council of Churches, Dr. Rev. Kortu Brown told a local daily that any church or denomination desirous of opening its doors to the public for the holding of worship of prayer services should fully followed the compliance proposed by President Weah, including the promoting of social distancing and the allowing of only 25% of membership to attend each service at a time.

Bishop Brown has called on the leaderships of various denominations and churches to optionally resume regular Sunday worship services, despite a request from President George Manneh Weah, calling for the reopening of churches this Sunday, May 17.

Addressing a news conference in Brewerville on Friday, Rev. Brown pointed out that the resumption of normal regular worship services in churches across the country lies in the preview of churches and denominations.

“Reopening of churches or resumption of regular worship services should remain optional to every denomination or church based on the individual assessments of the situation”.

“Whether a denomination or church desires to resume worship services and remain closed for the time being, the goal remains the same: TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN THE COUNTRY”.

Rev. Brown added that any church or denomination desirous of opening its doors to the public for the holding of worship of prayer services should fully followed the compliance proposed by President Weah, including the promoting of social distancing and the allowing of only 25% of membership to attend each service at a time.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.