The Government has not banned people from attending churches and they are allowed to congregate for as long as they adhere to the Covid-19 specified regulations, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has said.

Speaking in Chinhoyi yesterday during an inter-ministerial taskforce on Covid-19, which was attended by provincial Government heads, Members of Parliament and church leaders, Minister Mutsvangwa said the recent enforcements aimed at thwarting the spike of the novel coronavirus by President Mnangagwa still allowed citizens to congregate at their respective places of worship.

“The recent lockdown restrictions issued by the President seek to arrest the spread of the virus through a raft of measures among them, restricting gatherings,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

“Only gatherings that exceed 50 have remained banned and the Government has not reviewed the figure up or down.

“People are allowed to congregate for as long as they observe the stipulated figure, sanitising, social distancing, temperature checking and members wearing masks.”

Most church-goers in Chinhoyi town yesterday told The Herald that they received communication from their leaders that church services were suspended following a directive issued by the police.

Minister Mutsvangwa said yesterday’s meeting was aimed at checking the response and identifying gaps for corrective action in fighting Covid-19.

She said although the figures were rising daily, the Government, through the leadership of President Mnangagwa, had and was still doing all things necessary to address the upsurge in positive cases.