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US News Gabon: easing of measures against Covid-19

19:55  18 october  2020
19:55  18 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Un homme portant un masque dans une rue de Libreville, Gabon, en avril 2020. (image d'illustration). © STEEVE JORDAN / AFP A man wearing a mask in a street in Libreville, Gabon, in April 2020 (illustrative image).

Gabon has eased its anti-Covid-19 curfew and the authorities have also authorized, under numerous conditions, the reopening of places of worship.

With our correspondent in Libreville, Yves-Laurent Goma

The Gabonese are delighted with the reduction in the curfew which now starts at 10pm instead of 8pm.

In addition, the government announced the reopening of churches and mosques, a reopening with many conditions: only one day of worship per week, a negative Covid test is required to participate in worship and offerings and communion are prohibited. . Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by a fine of FCFA 5 million.

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Pastor Georges Bruno Ngoussi of the Nazareth Church is one of the religious leaders who threatened to open his church on October 25 with or without state permission. After the government’s announcement, he said he was disappointed: "I am very, very sad, but I also say that on October 25 we are going to open our places of worship." At the threat of payment of 5 million FCFA, he adds: "Either people will have 5 million or so, the prisons will be open, widely, to contain all the Christian or believing populations".

Asked by national television, Youssouf Nziengui, member of the Higher Council of Islamic Affairs of Gabon, is rather satisfied.

"It is a big step to have opened our mosques. We thank the authorities for this development, ”he said.

Christians still want to open their churches on October 25, but the government has warned that these measures will not come into effect until October 30.

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