As religious leaders and other Liberians called on the reopening of worshiping centers aimed at praying to God to see reasons in making the deadly virus which has ravaged the entire world to pass over Liberia and other countries, the Liberian leader, President George Weah has however eased the lackdown on Churches and Mosques.
Making the pronouncement after the end of the initial two weeks given for the State of Emergency (SoE) Friday, May 8, 20202 he said who would partially allow churches and mosques to hold prayer programmes, as lockdown will be extended in other parts of the country.
In a statement, the former footballer said emergency measures to curb the virus would be extended for two weeks but churches and mosques would be open with guidelines put in place for their programmes.
The Liberian leader said from Friday, May 15, mosques will reopen and from Sunday, May 17, churches will reopen, and further noted that capacity at the places of worship will be limited to 25 per cent and social distancing measures will apply.
There remains a ban on all movement between the country’s 15 counties, the closure of non-essential businesses, and stay-at-home orders for Monrovia’s roughly one million inhabitants.
Among other restrictions remaining in effect are a daily curfew from 15:00 to 06:00 (local time), a ban on movement between counties, and the closure of all non-essential businesses.
Liberian has recorded 199 cases of Coronavirus to date with 20 fatalities.