Sanwo-Olu reopens worship centres with restriction

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the reopening of places of worship in the state from Friday August 7. But those above 65 years of age are advised to stay back at home.

The governor gave the directive in a state-wide broadcast at the Lagos House, Marina, Lagos said Muslims will reopen Mosques from Friday August 7, Christians will do same from Sunday August 9.

Sanwo-Olu however said that the religious houses would open only once a week for their regular services and will only allow 50 per cent of their capacity, though they can hold multiple service on such designated days. Other weekly services and vigils are still put on hold.

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He urged the worship centres to adhere strictly to all the COVID-19 guidelines including regular cleaning and disinfection of the worship centres before, during and after every service.

According to Sanwo-olu “No facemask no entry policy should be observed in our religious centres and all religious centres must have sanitizers and emergency numbers must be advertised at the entrance of their worship centres.”

The governor said, the state has seen gradual decrease in positivity rate in the last two weeks being the outcome of its response strategy but it still needs to build on successes and close all existing gaps if any.

“Having carefully reviewed the current situation in Lagos, we have taken important decisions in line with the on-going objective of calibrating an effective balance between competing demands for safe guiding lives and enabling livelihood  of our people,” this he said has necessitated the announced relaxations.

The Governor also increased public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people, stressing that all standard preventive and control measures must still be strictly adhered to.

Restaurants are now permitted to have in-dining services with 50 percent capacity from August 14 and must have permission from the Lagos State Safety Commission to do so while Social Clubs and recreation centres are also allowed to open from August 14, they must be certified by Safety Commission.

They are however to meet the stated conditions and must have applied to the safety commission to be recertified.

But cinemas, night clubs and Arcade remain closed for now, the governor promised that the government will come back there in the course of the month after reviewing the current situation.

The governor promised further palliatives in the coming days for the vulnerable in the society.

He also disclosed that the government have closed the Eti Osa and Agidingbi Isolation centre and patients in Agidingbi be moved to other centre, because the facilities have less patients.

Sanwo-olu urged Civil Servants in Lagos State to maintain status quo by the roaster from the Head of Service, noting that those working from home should avail themselves of the several platforms.