Sanwo- Olu Finally Reopens Churches, Mosques In Lagos
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, has approved the reopening of churches and mosques in the state.
He ordered the reopening from June 19 and June 21, 2020.
You will recall that the Federal Government had on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches in the country, based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments. To reopen Lagos hospitality sector is, however, left in the hands of the state government to decide on the appropriate reopening of their business.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this during a live broadcast while giving an update on COVID-19 situation report in the state, held in Lagos House, Marina.
He said while Muslim services will resume on June 19, Church services would begin on June 21.
The governor said children below age of 15 should not be allowed at religious gatherings restricted to Fridays and Sundays while the elderly from age 65 should stay away from worship centres.
He said, ”Mass gathering during COVID-19 pandemic, can be of serious public health consequences. And there are documented evidence that mass gathering can increase the spread of the virus. And that’s why we will from 14 days time, precisely from the 19th. of June for our Muslim worshippers, from the 21st of June, for our Christian worshipers, we will be allowing all of our religious bodies to open at the maximum of 40 per cent of their capacity, and we’ll be working with them as being expected with the state Safety Commission.
But we know that places of worship have different sizes. You cannot have beyond 500. And keeping that 40 per cent maximum capacity is really so important. No matter how big worship is, you cannot have more than 500 worshipers at once