“Stay Home Order” Extended by Another Two Weeks

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President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah

Churches, Mosques get green light to resume worship services at 25% capacity

The President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah, has announced an additional two-week extension of the measures intended to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the country. According to a release from the Executive Mansion, health authorities have advised that in the wake of the unresolved crisis, the need for the measures to remain in place still is pertinent. However, because of the government’s decision to provide food aid during the period, corridors will be opened to enable food products move from one county to the next, while observing social distancing, face covering and other measures.

Last month President Weah announced a State of Emergency to be observed throughout the Country. During this period, the joint security command and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia were ordered to enforce the different protocols that were pronounced.

Amongst the measures were orders to:

1) Quarantine the 15 counties

2) Ensure that everyone in those counties stay at home for two weeks – with exceptions granted to designated essential persons and businesses

3) Require all to be indoors by 3pm.

4) A directive to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to engage market leaders in order to make “satisfactory arrangements” for the operations of markets during the period.

But following calls from religious leaders, President Weah has proposed that Churches, Mosques and worship centers consider the commencement of their operations beginning Sunday, May 17, 2020, with 25 percent of the regular worship-hour occupancy for each service, which will allow for social distancing and other protocols such as the use of face coverings, hand-washing, etc. Muslims may begin on Friday, May 15, 2020, with the observation of similar 25 percent of normal occupancy and the observance of health regulations.

The security forces will be required to monitor these guidelines to make sure there is no violation.

The Government of Liberia is also calling on Liberians, led by religious leaders, to use the upcoming Unification Day celebration to pray for the Country to be healed from the virus.

7 COMMENTS

  1. How will the government determine the percentage of a particular church? Is the government in pocession of the various churches membership figures? This is like giving a blank checks to individuals to paid themselves.

  2. Good step taken by the government. I think the church through her leadership will implement the government order. This is what we expected from the initial stage. However, never is too late. We hope the religious community will abide by the rule and sincerely pray for our beloved county mama Liberia. The book of James 5:16 says “The prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

  3. Liberia is a “Ghetto-like Deplorable State” under George Weah who happens be a nincompoop. Don’t be surprise of the chaos and brutalities you’re witnessing in Liberia. We warn you all about this during the last general and presidential elections in 2017. YOU NEVER LISTENED! Now this is it people; you want it, guess what, you got it. Bye, bye!

  4. So how does a particular church determine how man people constitute 25%? In my view, this is another inept decision with no data to determine its implementation. Wow, the mass brutality of our people continues unabated.

  5. There are a few other things that need to get cleared up very soon or the collateral damage will be severe. It is already too much. The president needs wise advisors so that the direction he takes the country is good. Why aren’t leaders informing the administration of the problems with a 3 pm curfew? The “hand to mouth” portion of the population is suffering severely and for no good reason. 3 pm causes more people to occupy smaller spaces than if a more reasonable 7 pm were implemented. The banks can’t service their customers. They are now only open for 3 hours. Inside distancing is practiced, but outside the crowd presses on each other to get in. The markets are jamb packed with people. The policy is at fault 100%. Why aren’t leaders informing the administration? You are silent and yet will blame Weah and his administration? Those that sell other items continue to do so because they also have no other option to feed their families. Where is the food aide? Widespread distribution was needed within 48 hours of the lockdown and it still has not been implemented after 4 plus weeks. Now the suffering will be extended two more weeks? The rest of the world is suffering too from similar plans that never considered the impact, especially on the poor. Yet, I am not aware of anywhere in a developed nation that came up with a 3 pm curfew. It is the middle of the day! A curfew to make sure that rogues are not out and about after dark and businesses that are not occupied are safe from theft.

    It is planting season in Liberia and not one word has been said encouraging farmers, gardeners and those that have land available to get to work. This is the most important planting season Liberia has ever had. Why? Because Liberia has been surviving on importing the excess food of the world. The world may not have excess in the near future. Then what? No amount of aide money can provide if the food supply is exhausted. We pray that this does not happen, but if it does, what can we say? We told everyone to be inside by 3pm. Nobody is going to get sick with the virus, working in their fields. It is easy to keep distance while farming. If farming is not taken seriously now, it never will. Quarantine and curfew the cities at 7pm and urge everyone to participate in “Agriculture 2020” as the remedy for “Covid 19.” I thank God that cases are few in Liberia and pray for this to end soon. No matter what, the damage to the world’s economy is serious and will have a profound impact. Liberia is one of the few places on earth that has the opportunity to increase its productivity and improve its economy in 2020. That is a blessing from God that we dare not waste. May God bless Liberia!

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