Lagos to reopen worship centres from August 7, says Sanwo-Olu

Ebun Francis| Places of worship in Lagos state will be reopened from August 7, the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced on Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu who made the disclosure at a briefing on COVID-19 at the State House in Marina, said, mosques will be reopened on Friday the 7th, while churches will follow suit on Sunday, August 9.

According to the governor, the whorship centres will operate at 50% capacity, while religious leaders must make available hand sanitisers, thermometer guns.

The are in addition must ensure that social distancing is maintained.

The governor said, “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.

“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.

“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.”

According to the Sanwo-Olu, the state government will closely monitor and observe the compliance level of religious bodies before taking the next steps.

Lagos remains the epicentre of the Pandemic in Nigeria as it bhas recorded more cases than any other state.

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