Has President Mnangagwa given unvaccinated congregants the go-ahead to attend church services?

President Emmerson Mnangagwa
The Claim: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered unvaccinated church members to services.
The Verdict: claim verdict

Claim: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered unvaccinated church members to services.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), took to Facebook to announce that they met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and heads of church denominations on Thursday and who gave a green light to unvaccinated congregants to attend church services.

“Our EFZ National leadership together with leadership from ZHOCD and ZICC met with His Excellency today. Churches can now gather without the vaccination condition, but not more than 100 people. We are to continue adhering to other Pillars of Fighting COVID-19 including #Facemasking #Socialdistancing #Handsanitization.”

Government officials are yet to confirm this development. The National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi was quoted in The Herald Newspaper in a story titled, “Police speak on lockdown restrictions, church attendance” reiterating that only those who have been vaccinated should attend services and if there are any changes, the government will make an announcement.

Background

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday announced new Covid-19-induced lockdown measures, which saw the country being moved from the harsher level four to a rather relaxed level two.

Under the current lockdown measures, businesses are now permitted to operate between 0800 hours and 1900 hours while public gatherings are now restricted to 100 people under strict observance of Covid-19 protocols.

Under the current lockdown measures, only vaccinated congregants are allowed to gather for worship and were supposed to produce vaccination cards as proof.

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