Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his address that South African places of worship, are able to reopen when the country hits level 3 on the 1st of June. No more than 50 people will be allowed in each space. All spiritual leaders need to take extra care and responsibility, Ramaphosa said that leaders will, therefore, be recognised as essential religious frontline workers during the national lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also called for a day of prayer on Sunday, 31 May, to “come together to pray for the healing of our land and the protection of our people”.

Here are the measurements in which religious leaders have to adhere by:

  • There may be no more than 50 people per service.
  • Places of worship will have to introduce physical distancing rules
  • Everyone attending a place of worship will have to wear a face mask
  • All places of worship will have to be thoroughly cleaned
  • All religious practices which place people at risk should be avoided