Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced yesterday August 1, 2020 that worship centres in the state will reopen effectively on August 7, 2020.
Lagos State Government had shut worship centres in the state since march as part of measures to abridge the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state being the epicentre of the pandemic in the country.
Announcing at a briefing on Saturday, governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu said “Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, the 7th of August for our Muslim worshippers, and on Sunday, the 9th of August for our Christian worshippers.
“We will only allow 50 percent of their maximum capacities, either at the church or at the mosque. Churches who have a Saturday worship day will also be allowed to hold worship.
“We must reiterate that places of worship have their regular once a week service at designated days. For the avoidance of doubt, there will be Friday worships for our Muslim followers and Sunday worships for our Christian followers.
“We will monitor this for the next couple of weeks and see how compliance gets as we move along. They are encouraged to have multiple services on those days but they should restrict it to those designated days of worship.
Furthermore, the following conditions must also be fully met by all our religious centres; regular gatherings are permitted to hold but vigils and other services should still be on hold for now.
However, “Handshakes, Hugs and “high fives” are not permitted at services or gatherings, and this should be emphasized by displaying appropriate signs prominently. The use of stationary collection boxes and electronic methods for collection of offering must be encouraged.
The flow of human traffic in and out of these places of worship must be conducted in an organized and orderly manner.
The governor also added, Restaurants will now be permitted to open for in-dining services, from the 14th of August, on the proviso that they maintain a 50 per cent occupancy capacity, and have also obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety.