Government Bans Children From Attending Church
29 August 2021
The government has advised religious congregations not to allow children to attend church services.
The development comes at a time government eased lockdown, Level 4 and authorised churches to resume in-person services albeit for fully vaccinated members only.
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The government also lowered the age limit of eligible persons to be vaccinated to 14 years from 18 years.
Most parents and guardians have been taking children below the minimum age of vaccination to attend services as the SI has been subject to varying interpretations.
Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said only fully vaccinated members were allowed to attend church, therefore, all children below the age of 14 years cannot attend church services since they are not eligible for vaccination.
Most parents who spoke to New Zimbabwe.com said it defies logic for parents or guardians to attend church services in the absence of their children. Said Locadia San’anza:
I don’t think that this will work, especially for me or any other parent for that matter.
You cannot open up a family constituted institution like the church to parents only. This probably works within the workplaces but not the church.
Other churchgoers said the move was a violation "of our faith and religion," by politicians who are now choosing who should and should not attend church.
Some said the same politicians had not compelled their party members to be vaccinated "but they choose to bully the church.”
Several other members said they will continue to attend online church services as they cannot afford to have their children segregated on matters of faith.
Most congregations have been making use of home worship, televangelism or conducting church services on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and online platforms such as Zoom following the advent of Covid-19.