Just in: Lagos reopens worship centres Aug 7

Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu of Lagos State says worship centres in the state will reopen effective August 7 , 2020.

Worship centres had been shut in the state since March as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

The Presidential Task Force on Covid – 19 had okayed the reopening of churches and mosques in the country in June but the Lagos State government insisted that worship centres remained shut .

However , announcing at an ongoing briefing on Saturday , the governor said , “Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday , the 7 th of August for our Muslim worshippers, and on Sunday , the 9 th of August for our Christian worshippers.

“ We will only allow 50 per cent of their maximum capacity , either 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 to 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 the observation and compliance get 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 . ”

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as of Friday night , Lagos has recorded over 15, 000 Covid – 19 infections and about 200 associated fatalities , the highest by a state in the country.

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