Guests at funerals and weddings will now not be served food after the Inter-faith Council for Covid-19 issued new guidelines in combating the virus while at church, funerals, and weddings.
While speaking on Thursday the 26th of November 2020, Vice-chairperson Connie Kivuti announced that no food should be served during funerals. Additionally, she capped the number of people who can go to the graveside to 15. However, the number of people who can attend a funeral remains at a hundred.
Kivuti also limited the number of wedding guests to 50. She further announced that the wedding guests should not expect to eat since food will only be available for the nuclear family.
“The number that will be attending funeral services is 100 people, with only 15 allowed at the graveside. The duration of the burial must not exceed one hour, and no food served in funerals,” Kivuti said.
“Those attending weddings will be strictly 50 people. Food will only be served for the nuclear family.”
Churches should also conduct services for not more than 90 minutes per session. The Inter-faith Council for Covid-19 also banned members from holding any other meetings at church premises except church services.
The Vice-chairperson also called out politicians for exposing Kenyans to the virus through political meetings and gatherings. According to her, legislators are prioritizing political agendas over health.
“The political class is not focused on health crisis but on other political issues.”
Kivuti also urged religious leaders to comply with the MoH directives on curbing the spread of coronavirus in the country. She further encouraged churches to use thermal guns to help in checking people’s temperature.
Kivuti also noted that Kenyans have started showing laxity towards Covid-19 and not adhering to the MoH directives. She went on to urge Kenyans to take up personal responsibility to curb the spread of the virus.
The Council also urged medics, county governments, and the MoH to resolve anything that would prevent effective service delivery to citizens.