In wake of the Government’s vaccination policy requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test result to be allowed entry to a public building, the Catholic Church of Guyana has decided to return to virtual services rather than enforcing the policy.
In a statement to members of the Catholic Church, Bishop Francis Alleyne announced the decision, pointing out that places of worship are covered by the new requirement and it would mean that church members would have to provide their vaccine proof or a negative test result to be allowed entry to the Church.
He said the new measures would mean that many members may not be allowed entry into the church since they are unvaccinated and the church ought not leave part of the body detached from the whole.
Bishop Francis said from this coming Friday, all worship sessions will be done virtually and the Catholic Church will be closed for public worship until further notice.
He told the Catholic worshippers that the body of Christ has up to now been vigilant in observing the precautions against the pandemic, including the wearing of masks, sanitizing and distancing. He said the science must be trusted as the nation moves to get more persons vaccinated in an effort to reach herd immunity.
While encouraging the unvaccinated to reconsider their decision, Bishop Alleyne said they should act in the common good and remain vigilant.