Locking elderly out of places of worship over disease doesn’t make sense

What you need to know:

  • The senior citizens should be allowed into temples on condition of adhering to safety guidelines.

Everybody is at risk of Covid-19. So, it is puzzling that the government has prohibited congregants under 13 or over 58 from accessing places of worship.

However, they should be allowed into temples on condition of adhering to the safety guidelines.
If the government really cares about these vulnerable people, then there is no place that respects the rule of law as temples do. Again, these are easily manageable and very accountable in their operations.

These are people with a lot of knowledge of what is happening and are not stubborn like the youth as they command much respect and wisdom.

And why does the government not apply the directive to places like hotels and in the transport sector? If it is to minimise the exposure of the elderly to the virus, are they not exposed to it in matatus, which are disorderly?

Again, the senior citizens are still allowed to visit or go to public places like hotels and supermarkets, where exposure to the virus through interaction is still high; in church or mosque, it is either once or twice a week.

Secondly, many places of worship are run by fairly old people, who are well versed with the Scripture. This is a good opportunity for youth to learn so that they can take over the leadership when the old retire.

Lastly places of worship have less movement than any other. Worship times are restricted to one hour with only 100 congregants while measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing of face masks are easily enforceable, especially with the help of ushers in the church.

Benard Lusigi, Kakamega