ECM critises govt on enforcement of new Covid-19 restrictions

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The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) is expressing displeasure with the manner in which the government has effected new Covid-19 regulations.

In a statement released last evening, the ECM states that the government has taken the public by surprise and did not give a grace period before enforcing the regulations.

The congregation of Catholic bishops laments that it was neither informed nor consulted despite the fact that it has been in the forefront lobbying for Covid-19 compliant behaviour.

Addressing a news conference yesterday, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 stressed that no gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed except for funerals, parliament and meetings discussing coronavirus issues.

The regulation which was gazetted on the 7th of August took effect on Saturday, 8th August.

With the ban on public gatherings, the ECM has since announced suspension of religious gatherings and church sermons in adherence to the measures.

The ECM has since disclosed that it will be engaging the authorities on the role that it can play in the enforcing of the new rules.



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