The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the reopening of worship centres in the state from August 7 at 50% capacity.
This disclosure was made by Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, August 1, 2020, during a press briefing on COVID-19, at the State House, Marina Lagos.
While mosques will be reopened next week Friday, the governor said churches will follow suit on Sunday, August 9.
According to him, religious leaders must make available hand sanitisers, thermometer guns, adding that the state government will ensure that social distancing is maintained.
“Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, August 7 for our Muslim worshippers and on Sunday, August 9 for our Christian worshippers.
“We will only be allowing 50 per cent of their capacity at either the church or the mosque. Churches that have Saturday worship day will also be allowed to start holding their Saturday worship.
“We must reiterate that places of worship are only permitted to have their regular once a week service on designated days.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there will be Friday worships for our Muslims followers and Sunday worships for our Christian followers.”
The Governor said the state was going to monitor this for the next couple of weeks and see how compliance gets as things move along.
He also disclosed that while regular gatherings will be permitted to hold in the worship centres, vigils and other services should still be on hold for now. The state also recommended that senior citizens aged 65 years and above are strongly advised not to attend these places of worship.