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President Lungu Vindicated, As France Allows Faith Gatherings, But Implores Worshippers To Wear Masks

In what is now being accepted as the New Normal, France is to allow the resumption of religious gatherings after a two-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but worshippers will have to wear face masks, the French Home Affairs Ministry announced.

The Ministry said late on Friday that it would issue a decree setting out the new rules for religious gatherings. Under the decree, a ban on gatherings imposed in March, as part of government efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, would be rescinded. But collective worship would have to observe conditions, including the wearing of masks, a distance of at least one metre between worshippers and hand-washing, the Ministry said in a statement.

The French government relaxed some of its lockdown restrictions earlier this month, but did not ease the ban on collective worship. That prompted complaints from faith groups, which said they were being treated unfairly.

The Ministry statement said it expected worship to resume from the start of June, but that in some cases faith groups could worship together once the new rules were published, which it said would be “in the coming hours.”

Muslims, who make up around 9% of France’s population, according to a 2017 report by the Pew Research Center, are this weekend celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the holy Muslim month of fasting.

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6 Comments

  1. Kubeja Badala

    I don’t see any vindication in your statement. Just because Zambia allowed places of worship to resume earlier than France does not mean it was a pace setter. France, Spain, Italy, the US were and are hard hit by this pandemic hence their cautious reopening of places of worship. By the way scientific data has shown that most infections occurred from places of worship.

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  2. Kubeja Badala

    I don’t see any vindication in your statement. Just because Zambia allowed places of worship to resume earlier than France does not mean it was a pace setter. France, Spain, Italy, the US were and are hard hit by this pandemic hence their cautious reopening of places of worship. By the way scientific data has shown that most infections occurred from places of worship.

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  3. jazz

    France has reached the peak and cases are going down, for Zambia the case are going up we are yet to reach the peak

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  4. Mkwasu

    What vindication! What makes you think France or any other country is a standard which we should measure ourselves against? You are totally brainwashed to think others are better than us. No wonder Buya bamba packs Zambian grown potatoes in South African bags and people like you rush to buy leaving the same potatoes in our local markets .

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  5. jahcorn

    Colonial Diction Again!!!

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  6. Ironman

    @vindication kkkk…

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