The Zion Christian Churches (ZCC) is set to be opened after 2 years of being closed down as of 24 April 2022. The closing of the church comes after the COVID-19 pandemic hit South Africa along with other countries around the world.
The church has been adhering to the regulations that were implemented in March 2020, when the country moved to level 5 of lockdown, and has not been operating since then.
The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) will reopen this Sunday after a two-year break. In a statement, the ZCC said the past two years have been difficult for every member. However, since the state of disaster has been lifted where ZCC has its footprints, they have decided to reopen. pic.twitter.com/g5BJ1YJDE8
— Jozi FM (@jozifm) April 22, 2022
“Since the state of disaster is lifted in countries where ZCC has footprints, Zion Christian Church has decided to reopen its branches after engaging internal and external stakeholders, this announcement will come as a relief to members of the church as we have been yearning for prayer sessions to resume. The lifting of the disaster is not the end of the pandemic, nor the end of Covid-19, we need to continuously conform and adhere to the non-pharmaceutical measures and regulations for Covid 19” read the statement.
Additionally, the church is urging its members to produce vaccination certificates along with Identity documents for those who are vaccinated, and a medical report not older than 72 hours for negative COVID-19 results.
Those that are not vaccinated must produce a full medical report, with the details of medical practitioners for those who wish to attend any service and be part of the activities.
These requirements are not only limited to ZCC members but non-members of the church as well.
However, the protocols put in place in the church follows members of the church to adhere to wearing masks, social distancing, screening of symptoms, hand washing, and sanitization.
— eNCA (@eNCA) April 22, 2022
Just as important is the use of clean utensils, 15 minutes confessions, keeping the environment clean and disinfected, must have own stationery ( borrowing not allowed) and items, camping at the branches not allowed, restricted physical contact, church service will take 45 minutes, singing prohibited, etc.
The church promises that they will comply with the National health COVID-19 compliance Team (NHCCT), DPTT HEALTH & Secretariat, and Health professionals in the LCDC Health, and there will be monitoring and evaluation for compliance at all branches and regular reporting to Moria.