Worship Centres in Lagos State are set to Resume Activities from August 7
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has finally declared the reopening of worship centres in the state from August 7 at 50% capacity.
Schools for exit classes are to resume from on Monday, August 3, 2020, while restaurants in the state are to operate eat-in services from August 14.
On Saturday August 1, 2020, it was revealed by Governor Banbajide Sanwo-Olu during a press briefing on COVID-19 at the State House, Marina Lagos. The Governor said that the mosques are expected to reopen on August 7, and churches will also reopen on Sunday, August 9.
He urged all religious leaders to make available hand sanitizers, thermometer guns and also make sure that social distancing is maintained.
The Governor stated that places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, August 7, for Muslim worshippers and on Sunday, August 9, for Christian worshippers.
“He also stated that only 50% of their capacity at either the church or the mosque should be allowed. Churches that have Saturday worship day will also be allowed to commence their Saturday worship. It should be noted that places of worship are only permitted to have their regular once a week service on allocated days.”
The Governor said the state was going to monitor this for the next couple of weeks and see how worshippers will comply. The worship centres are encouraged to have multiple services on those days but they should be restricted to those allocated days of worship, that is Fridays and Sundays.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there will be Friday worship for Muslim worshippers and Sunday worship for our Christian worshippers.”
He also revealed that while regular gatherings will be permitted to commence in the worship centres, vigils and other services should still be delayed for now.
The state also recommended that elderly citizens aged 65 years and above are strongly advised not to be present at these places of worship.
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