Lagos reopens churches, mosque from Aug 7, restricts attendance, number of services
* Churches, Mosques to operate once service per week
* Attendance not more than 5% of members
* Increases social gathering to 50 from 20 people
* Covid-19 protocol mandatory
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said religious organizations, Mosques and Churches could reopen service for their members from August 7, but they are expected to operate at 50 percent capacity or run multiple-shift.
The governor also said he has increased the permissible capacity for public gathering to 50 people from the previous 20 people allow for a single gathering.
“Places of Worship in Lagos State will be allowed to open from Friday, August 7, for our Muslim worshippers, and Sunday, August 9, for Christian worshippers, but only at 50 percent of their capacity.
“Churches whose main worship days fall on Saturdays, are permitted to hold their services on Saturdays, subject to the same guidelines as churches holding services on Sundays.”
“First, we are increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. This applies to a wide range of events, from AGMs to funerals.
“Lagosians should please continue to keep in mind that there is documented evidence that mass gatherings can increase the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus.
He stated that places of worship are only permitted to have their regular once-a-week services on the designated days adding that 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 listed the following conditions to be met and fulfilled by all religious centres and places of worship that are planning to reopen to include:
Only regular services/gatherings are permitted to hold. Vigils and other non-regular programmes remain prohibited until further notice. Attendees over the age of 65 years are strongly discouraged from attending worship services. “No Facemask, No Entry” policy must be maintained throughout the duration of the services.
Regular cleaning and disinfection of facilities must be carried out to maintain clean and hygienic environments before and after every service. Appropriate screening equipment for COVID-19 symptoms such as a contactless temperature check must be available for entrants into the facility.
It is mandatory to provide handwashing facilities and sanitizers at the entry and exit points of the premises. National emergency response phone lines must be displayed prominently at the premises.
Handshakes, hugs and “high fives” are not permitted at services or gatherings, and should be emphasized by displaying appropriate signs prominently.
The use of stationary collection boxes and electronic methods for collection of offerings must be encouraged. The flow of human traffic in and out of places of worship must be conducted in an organized and orderly manner.