Nigeria: Worshippers relieved as Lagos Churches, Mosques open Aug. 7
Disenchanted worshippers in Lagos will have some reasons to cool their tempers as Lagos State Government on Saturday announced that worship centre can now resume on Friday, Aug. 7 for Muslims and Sunday, Aug. 9 for Christians.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this during the 17th Update on the Management of Coronavirus in the state at Lagos House, Marina.
Sanwo-Olu said that churches whose main worship days fell on Saturdays, can equally hold their services on Saturdays, however, they are to follow the same guidelines as churches holding services on Sundays.
The governor stressed that the religious houses must not have more than 50 per cent of their capacity ata time during worship.
The statement also reads, ”For the avoidance of doubt, churches and mosques are not permitted to have other services or fellowships outside of their main weekly services.
”Places of worship are allowed to schedule multiple services, on their designated worship days, if necessary, as well as also encouraging as many people as possible to participate using virtual means,” the governor said.
According to him, only regular services and gatherings are permitted to hold, as night vigils and other non-regular programmes remain prohibited until further notice.
He also said that attendees over the age of 65 years were strongly discouraged from attending worship services.
Sanwo-Olu said that services should be held in well-ventilated areas or outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow.He also said that worship centres must maintain ”No Face mask, No Entry” policy throughout the duration of the services.