After over two months of ban on religious gatherings, the Governor of Lagos state Babajide Sanwo-Olu on August 1, announced the reopening of worship centres in the state from August 7 at 50% capacity.
The restaurants in the state are to operate eat-in services from August 14 while schools for exit classes are to resume on Monday, August 3, 2020.
The announcement was made on Saturday, August 1, 2020, during a press briefing on COVID-19, at the State House, Marina Lagos.
According to the governor, mosques are expected to reopen on August 7, next week Friday, and churches will also follow suit on Sunday, August 9.
However, religious leaders are to make available hand sanitizers, thermometer guns and ensure that social distancing is maintained.
An excerpt from the governor’s statement reads:
“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% 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 worships for our Muslims followers and Sunday worships for our Christian followers.’’
He stated that there will be close monitoring across the state, to ensure total compliance to the guidelines as provided by the State government, adding that worship centres are encouraged to have multiple services on those days but they should be restricted to those designated days of worship, which are Fridays and Sundays.
Inasmuch worship centers are to be reopened, there is still a restriction placed on vigils and other services. The state has also recommended that senior citizens aged 65 years and above are strongly advised not to attend these places of worship as they are most susceptible to the corona virus or any form of infection.