The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has suspended all gatherings including the Easter service which attracts around four million churchgoers annually.
Following the outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19), President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 15 March prohibited the gathering of more that 100 people as a prevention method. After the president’s announcement it was not confirmed whether the church would still continue with its Easter service or not.
This as initially the inter-ministerial team on COVID-19 announced that the church would be supplied with one million leaflets to educate the congregants on the virus. In a meeting earlier the day, Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba met with various churches and the South African Council of Churches in Polokwane, ZCC had not been part of the meeting. Ramathuba said that ZCC had asked for time before they could make an announcement. “We have to respect the church’s wishes.”
In a statement, the church has suspended all choirs, meetings and gatherings until further notice as well as the Easter service which would have been between 10 April (Good Friday) and 12 April (Easter Sunday) this year. This comes after Limpopo recorded its first case of COVID-19, a 28-year-old doctor who travelled to Europe (France, Spain and Netherlands). The doctor is currently in self-quarantine and the department confirmed that they are in contact with him and have started the process of contact referencing to ensure the containment of the virus.
In the statement the church confirmed that no entry will be permitted into the church, and anyone who wishes to leave the premises will be closely monitor.