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In recognition of the importance of allowing in-person and not only virtual worship, for both Adventists and Sunday worshippers, effective Saturday, September 25, 2021, the number of persons (including clergy and support personnel) who may be physically present at any time at a place of worship will be:

  • no more than 20 persons; or
  • where more than 20 persons can be accommodated at the place of worship while maintaining the physical distancing requirement of a minimum of 6 feet between persons, no more than 50 persons.

It is important to note that Sundays remain no movement days,  however for the purposes of worship and within the limits outlined above, churchgoers are allowed to move between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm. The gazetted authorization form should be issued by the place of worship to permit up to 50 persons (including clergy and support personnel) to travel to and from places of worship and home between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm on Sundays. Authorized persons must have the form available for inspection by the security forces while traveling on Sundays.

The limits on the number of persons physically present will also apply to marriage ceremonies. However, for funeral services (with the mortal remains present) the maximum number of persons remains at 20, irrespective of the size of the place of worship.

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