At least two religious leaders are welcoming the relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions which will see more persons being allowed into places of worship.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced yesterday that effective tomorrow, religious leaders will be permitted to admit up to 70-percent of their building’s capacity.

Member of the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, says the Sunday curfew relaxation is welcomed news.

The relaxed measures mean religious communities will begin welcoming back many congregants who had largely been worshipping via online services.

Moderator for the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Reverend Gary Harriott, says the return of worshippers will help ease the financial strain on some churches.

Reverend Harriott says the relaxed measures will also alleviate feelings of isolation among many church goers, especially the seniors.

Reverend Gary Harriott of the United Church.

Both men were speaking last evening during Nationwide at 5 with Cliff Hughes and Danielle Archer.