Nation nation.africa 18 Sep, 2020 11:30 am

'Come to the God Pod': Church services resume in Canada

The pod has been used for prayer, but also for casual meetings as well as grief and marriage counselling sessions.

As in-person religious services start resuming in Canada after a pandemic lockdown forced many churches to close, one Ottawa parish is offering its congregation a unique way to connect with their faith, in a "God Pod."The God Pod resolves all of the logistical issues -- sitting too close, or having to wear a mask," he said.Crouse said the "God Pod" is wiped down and disinfected after each use, in accordance with public health guidelines."You can't do that through a mask or over the phone, and not always very well on Zoom.

" A recent uptick in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Ontario province -- which, along with Quebec, account for the most coronavirus deaths in this country -- has been blamed in part on religious gatherings, including a Toronto wedding that led to a cluster of new infections.A grandmother with terminal cancer used it to see her grandchild, and another woman availed herself of it to chat with her sister who is in a separate small group or "bubble" of people with whom each are allowed close contacts under government rules.

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