Lagos Govt Fixes Date For Reopening Of Places Of Worship

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the reopening of places of worship from August 7.

He made the disclosure in a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Sanwo-Olu stated that all religious houses can be opened with 50% capacity on Fridays and Sundays only.

The governor also increased public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.

“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,” he said.

Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu

“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, regular disinfection of premises and personal hygiene, we must continue to ensure and enforce 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.”

The state had ordered the closure of places of worship in March as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

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