Permits Mandatory Fridays and Sunday Services
To open at a maximum of 40% of their capacity
No Vigils and Other Services For Now
No Church For Under 15 and Over 65
No Food Sharing and Communion From a Common Dish
Use of Stationary Collection Boxes and Electronic Payments Advised
Government Officials To Visit Churches For Compliance
Wearing of face Masks, Maintaining Social Distancing and high-level hygiene Mandatory.
The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared when places of worship will be allowed to open for services in the state.
The governor stated this on Thursday during a briefing at the Government House, Marina.
He disclosed that Mosques are to reopen from June 19 while Churches are to begin services from June 21.
He said hotels are allowed to reopen while gyms, night clubs, and cinemas would still remain closed, adding that the decision to reopen them would be reviewed in the next two weeks.
Sanwo-Olu said, “There will now be restricted openings of religious houses based on compliance that we have seen and reviewed with the Safety Commission.
“From 14 days time, precisely on the 19th of June for our Muslim worshippers and from the 21st of June for our Christian worshippers, we will be allowing all of our religious bodies to open at a maximum of 40% of their capacity and we’ll be working with them as being expected by the Lagos State Safety Commission.
“But we know that these places of worship have different sizes but even if your 40% capacity is really so large, you cannot have beyond 500 worshippers at once, and keeping that maximum 40% capacity is really important.
“We will be encouraging people to have more than one service and ensure that they keep their premises clean, disinfect before another round of worship can take place.
“We will also be advising that there should only be mandatory Fridays and Sunday services. All other night vigils and services must be put on hold for now until we review our current situation.
“We will also be advising very strongly that persons below the age of 15 because of how well they walk around and difficult to hold down should be excused from the places of worship and citizens that are above the age of 65 should not be allowed into these places of worship.
“We will also advise that there should be no food sharing and communion from a common dish should be discouraged during this period.
“Sharing of kettles during ablution should be avoided, prohibited if possible.
“We also encourage the use of stationary collection boxes and electronic payments.”
The governor said religious leaders should ensure that worshipers wear face masks, maintain social distancing and high-level hygiene, noting that state government officials would visit churches and mosques unexpectedly and those found not complying would be dealt with.
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