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10/21/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – As China continues to implement the “Zero-Covid” policy throughout the country, many public places are subject to COVID restrictions, including churches.

On October 12, En’guang (or Gracious Light) Church in Chengdu City published a notice, stating the new believers’ courses scheduled to be held on October 15 were postponed until the outbreak calms down. All onsite gatherings were suspended.

A day later, Wuxi Church in Jiangsu Province also issued a notice saying it would suspend all Sunday services and weekday gatherings in the church beginning October 13 until further notice.

According to China Christian Daily, on October 14, before the much-anticipated 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, a state-sanctioned church in Jiangsu’s Suzhou City began banning non-locals or people without “green” health codes (meaning they are COVID-free) from attending services.

The notice published by Dushu Lake Church stated that believers who travel to and return to Suzhou within seven days, have traveled to any medium – or high-risk district, or have ‘abnormal’ health codes, are forbidden to attend in-person services.

Two Christians who returned from Shanghai to Suzhou were told not to come in, despite having “green” health codes. They were enraged but had no choice but to attend the service from outside the church.

It is not uncommon for the Chinese government to use COVID as an excuse to shut down church gatherings or activities. For them, religion is insignificant and can be easily sacrificed.

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