But when Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro announced that although the country ‘is still in danger’ but it is at a manageable position and therefore waved some restrictions allowing, among others, the churches to hold physical services, it was like an announcement of Christmas Day for Mrs Ntoane.
It was however not until August 26 that she started to celebrate, asked her grandchildren to prepare her church service attire and wait in high mood the Sunday September 6, 2020 following the Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference (LCBC) public announcement that the normal church services shall resume countrywide albeit under the strict observation of Covid-19 precautionary measures.
Church services were some of the victims of the government-imposed lockdown since March 2020 to curb the spread of coronavirus. While gathering-prone services were banned under the lockdown regulations except takeaway food supply stores, the church was the last to receive reprieve when the government started to steadily ease the regulations.
Head of the Catholic Church in Lesotho, Archbishop Tlali Gerald Lethotholi, has cautioned the priests and congregants to always observe the health precautions as stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the department of health.