Earlier this week Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that worship centers in Lagos can now open after being on lockdown for over two months to combat the deadly Covid-19 virus.
In a press briefing, Governor Sanwo Olu said mosques are to reopen from June 19 while churches are to begin services from June 21.
Sanwo-Olu said, “There will now be restricted openings of religious houses based on compliance that we have seen and reviewed with the Safety Commission.
“From 14 days time, precisely on the 19th of June for our Muslim worshippers and from the 21st of June for our Christian worshippers, we will be allowing all of our religious bodies to open at a maximum of 40% of their capacity and we’ll be working with them as being expected by the Lagos State Safety Commission.
“But we know that these places of worship have different sizes but even if your 40% capacity is really so large, you cannot have beyond 500 worshippers at once, and keeping that maximum 40% capacity is really important.
“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.
“We will also be advised 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.
Below is thee guideline list for the reopening of the worship centres:
1) Churches in Lagos State reopen on Sunday 21st June, 2020.
2) Children below age 15 not allowed.
3) Religious gatherings are restricted to Fridays and Sundays only.
4) Only people between age 15 – 65 years are to worship on Sunday and only 40% of the church members can attend service.
5) Service should only be for one hour per Sunday.
6) No room for vigil or crusade for now.
7) No Children class (church).
8) All churches must provide infrared thermometer, rushing water and alcoholic based sanitizer.
9) All members must wear facemask.