Sanwo-Olu Gives Date For Re-Opening Of Worship Centres

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says worship centres in the state will be allowed to reopen from June 19 while churches are to begin services from June 21.

The governor stated this on Thursday during a briefing at the Government House, Marina.

“There will now be restricted openings of religious houses based on compliance that we have seen and reviewed with the Safety Commission.

“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.

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“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.

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“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.” Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said

The governor said religious leaders should ensure that worshippers 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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He added that  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.

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