By Amidu Arije
The Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said churches and mosques in the state can now resume services.
The governor also said that churches and mosques in the state should not accommodate more than 40 per cent of their capacity, limited to a maximum of 500 regardless of the size and that services will resume on 19 June for Muslims while 21 June for Christians respectively.
Sanwo-Olu stated this on Thursday while briefing the residents on the staye of COVID-19 in Lagos.
The governor said:
“Muslim services to resume on 19th June while Christian worship begins on the 21st of June, 2020.
Children below age 15 not allowed. Religious gatherings are restricted to Fridays and Sundays only”.
“Today, we take further steps in easing some restrictions on public gatherings, and other decisions as we adjust to this reality.
Religion is a source of hope and light for many and we recognise its role in shaping our society.
Today, we announce the resumption of religious activities at 40% capacity for mosques and churches from June 19 and June 21 respectively with face masks and other precautions.
Our religious leaders must lead by example and put the safety of lives first.
The reopening is limited to only obligatory services and with a ‘No face mask, No entry’ policy throughout the duration of the services. Vigils and other extra-religious activities remain prohibited.
Persons above the age of 65 years and below the age of 15 are prohibited from participating in organised religious gatherings.
Religious centres should embrace technology and virtual platforms for these members and others who choose to continue with this mode of worship.
Social and entertainment centres, such as clubs, gyms, spas, parks, and cinemas will remain closed for the next two weeks. Operators will prepare for reopening by registering with the Lagos State Safety Commission and getting acquainted with the detailed guidelines and requirements
I must say again that the use of masks in public places remains mandatory. It is not optional. You must wear a facemask when you are out and about in public. I urge us to take responsibility for our personal safety and conduct when we are out of our homes”.