COVID-19: Ogun State Lift Weekend Lockdown, Reopens Places of Worship

The efforts of the Ogun State government to prevent community spread prompted the state to declare a weekend lockdown across the state.

Initially, the Lockdown was placed by the federal government alongside Lagos and Abuja, being the states with highest number of confirmed cases of the respiratory virus.

However, after several months, the residents of the Ogun state will have the opportunity to visit their places of worship as the governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun Give Orders to reopen the worship places.

The governor made this important announcement while giving updates about the various attempts and statics the state has deployed in combating the coronavirus disease.

According to the Governor, the resumption of religious activities commences on the Friday, 14th of August 2020.

“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 as indicated in my last address,” the governor said.

“This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.”

Speaking further, Governor Abiodun mandated a full compliance of COVID-19 preventive protocols, such as wearing if face mask, provision of running water and soap for hand washing among others, at every places of worship.

Furthermore, Abiodun included that the religious gatherings should not exceed one hour, thirty minutes (1hr30mins), also in cases of more than one service, the same 1hr30mins should by observed as interv between services.

For worship centres with over 200 worshippers, in a given service, the governor explained that they “must seek further clearance with the State Government.”

“Muslims are advised to perform ablution at home & go to Mosque with their personal praying mats,” he said, adding that, the “administration of Holy Communion should be devoid of sharing of any item and must follow COVID-19 protocols.”

While calling on religious leaders to cooperate with the state government, Governor Dapo warned that there would be sanctions for any erring worship centre which defies the guidelines issued by his administration.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has exceeded 48000 with the 373 new cases recorded on Thursday, 13th of August with over 34000 discharged and 966 deaths across the country.

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