While the burden of the COVID-19 fell evenly across Sierra Leone, faith groups were forced to punctuate their practice as part of the COVID-19 preventive measure. But at a time of widespread anxiety about 'The now and The future', this announcement was a welcome opportunity to seek comfort and consolation in sacred spaces around the country.
Analysts are of the opinion that the government was persuaded that if the public is ready to re-engage in economic recovery by lifting district lockdowns and the 'lumas' in full bloom then people of faith ought to be allowed to enter places of worship. I must admit this signified a strong positive sign of a listening President following multiple consultations with the Inter-Religious Council, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Health officials, NACOVERC officials, experts, and other stakeholders. The Presidential no objection proposal drafted by the inter-religious council covered infection prevention protocols, capacity management, social distancing, and social mobilisation amongst others.