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Churches call for holiday ease . . .


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WITH GOVERNMENT already demonstrating last month that exceptions can be made to COVID-19 regulations for special occasions, the Christian community is calling for similar considerations for their Christmas morning and Old Year’s night services.

Yesterday, Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley told the DAILY NATION that representatives of the Christian community raised these concerns during a virtual meeting last Sunday, which was attended by Chief Medical Officer The Most Honourable Dr Kenneth George and head of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit Ronald Chapman.

In order to accommodate the republic transition on November 29, Barbadians were allowed to be out and about for the historic occasion after Government removed the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew for one night only.

Atherley, who is a member of the Evangelical Holiness Christian Community, said religious rites and traditions should be given equal prominence. He said that several religious denominations are calling for a relaxation in the numbers that can attend Christmas and Old Year’s night service, as well as a relaxation in the curfew for the latter. (CLM)

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