Letter to the Diocesan family of Natal Concerning the Adjusted Level 4 Lockdown.

Greetings to the saints of the Diocese of Natal.

At the family meeting, last night, the president of the country Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, made an
announcement that due to the high levels of Covid-19 infections, the whole country will be in
an Adjusted Level 4 Lockdown from today, 28 June 2021 for fourteen days, after which the
situation will be reviewed. What that entails, concerning us, is that: –

  • All gatherings are prohibited, including religious and social gatherings, that is all in-
    person-worship including enrolment services, diocesan or regional.
  • Funerals are permitted, but attendance is strictly limited to 50 people. Remember that
    the officiating priest is accountable for adherence to all the protocols.
  • Night vigils are not allowed that includes pre-funeral prayer meetings (ukuyobona).
    After-funeral gatherings, including “after tears” gatherings are not allowed.
  • The duration of a funeral or cremation service is restricted to a maximum of 2 hours
    including the cemetery/crematorium.

These prohibitions remain in place until the 11 July 2021 whereupon they will be reviewed.

I urge you to think of creative ways in which you can be the church away from the church
building, to remain responsibly connected and to ensure we continue to care for one another.
This cannot be emphasized enough, sanitize regularly, keep your social distance, and wear
your masks to cover your nose and mouth in all public spaces.

Remember the One who made the children of Israel walk cross the Red Sea will see us through
this.

Grace and peace
B. Mangena