Lagos To Reopen Religious Centres August 7 & 9 Amid COVID-19 Spike

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu OnoBello

Lagos state government has announced that the ban on worship centres: churches and mosques has been lifted amid daily spike in the COVID-19 cases.

Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a briefing at the State House in Marina, revealed that they be reopened from August 7 with mosques reopening next week Friday while churches to follow suit on Sunday, August 9.

According to him, religious leaders must make available hand sanitisers, thermometer guns, adding that the state government will ensure that social distancing is maintained. “Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, August 7 for our Muslim worshippers and on Sunday, August 9 for our Christian worshippers,” he said.

“We will only be allowing 50 per cent 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.

He added, “We must reiterate that places of worship are only permitted to have their regular once a week service on designated days. For the avoidance of doubt, there will be Friday worship for our Muslim followers and Sunday worship for our Christian followers.”

The governor vowed that the state government will closely monitor and observe the compliance level of religious bodies before taking the next steps.

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