Mosques and churches have been reopened in Senegal despite the cases of coronavirus surging.
Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday announced the easing of some restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus.
Places of worship were closed in March this year and a dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed as part of measures to protect lives.
But Senegal is letting worshippers to resume activities while the earlier 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew would be shortened by one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening.
Markets and businesses are now allowed to open and will only be closed for a day’s cleaning each week.
Senegal currently has confirmed 1,886 coronavirus cases with 19 confirmed deaths.
In an address on Monday night, Sall said “In the best of cases, COVID-19 will continue to circulate in the country until the month of August, or even September.”
“In this new phase that will last not a few weeks but three or four months, we need to learn to live in the presence of the virus,” President Sall added.
The World Health Organization had warned that easing lockdown restrictions sooner could be counter productive.
But Senegal is hoping to adjust human activities alongside the virus which President Sall said would be with people for a long time.