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Lagos reopens worship centres Aug 7–Sanwo-Olu

Lagos reopens worship centres Aug 7

Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu of Lagos State says worship centres in the state will reopen effective August 7 , 2020 .
Worship centres had been shut in the state since March as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease .
The Presidential Task Force on Covid – 19 had okayed the reopening of churches and mosques in the country in June but the Lagos State government insisted that worship centres remained shut .
However , announcing at a briefing on Saturday , the governor said , “Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday , the 7 th of August for our Muslim worshippers , and on Sunday, the 9 th of August for our Christian worshippers .
“We will only allow 50 per cent of their maximum capacities , either at the church or at the mosque. Churches who have a Saturday worship day will also be allowed to hold worship .
“We must reiterate that places of worship have their regular once a week service at designated days . For the avoidance of doubt , there will be Friday worships for our Muslim followers and Sunday worships for our Christian followers .
“We will monitor this for the next couple of weeks and see how compliance gets as we move along . They are encouraged to have multiple services on those days but they should restrict it to those designated days of worship .
“In addition , the following conditions must also be fully met by all our religious centres ; regular gatherings are permitted to hold but vigils and other services should still be on hold for now.

“We recommend and seriously appeal to our senior citizens – if you are aged 65 and above , you are still strongly advised not to attend these places of worship . Please stay back at home.”
Sanwo -Olu advised religious leaders to consider holding services in open spaces and well- ventilated areas “as circumstances of faith and tradition permit ”.
“ We should still ensure that no face masks policy are maintained throughout the duration of the services . They should ensure that regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities are carried out to maintain a clean and hygiene environment before, during and after the services .
“It is mandatory to provide handwashing facilities and hand sanitisers at the various worship places . Handshakes , hugs , high – fives are not permitted during gatherings and should be emphasised and displayed at the various places of worship ,” he added .
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as of Friday night, Lagos has recorded over 15 ,000 Covid – 19 infections and about 200 associated fatalities , the highest by a state in the country .

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