Worship Centres to Reopen in Lagos from August 7

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The Lagos State Government has announced August 7 for the reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Saturday said the places of worship would be allowed to open only once a week, and operate at 50 percent capacity.

“We will be increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 that we had in the past months to 50 persons. This means that at annual general meetings, at funerals, at regulated social events, you can actually increase the capacity now, The governor said.

“Lagosians should also continue to keep in mind that mass gatherings can increase the spread of infectious disease. As such, all standard prevention and control measures must still be strictly adhered to.

“Physical distancing, mandatory temperature checks, use of face masks in public, and regular disinfection of premises and personal hygiene, we must continue to ensure and enforce and ensure compliance with all of these things.

“Places of worship in Lagos will now be open from Friday, the 7th of August, for our Muslim worshippers and on Sunday, the 9th of August, for our Christian worshippers.

“But we’ll only be allowing 50 percent of their capacity; a maximum of 50 percent of their capacity at either the church or the mosque. Churches that have Saturday worship day will also be allowed to start holding their Saturday worship.”

According to Sanwo-Olu “places of worship are only allowed to have their regular once-a-week service on designated days”.

“For avoidance of doubt, there will be Friday worship for our Muslim followers and Sunday worship for our Christian followers.

Worship centers and other social gatherings were banned in the state since March as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 had earlier announced the reopening of churches and mosques in the country but the Lagos State government insisted that worship centers remained shut.

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