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Just IN: Sanwo-Olu approves full churches, mosques reopening

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

After a thorough observation of coronavirus spread in Lagos State, the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full reopening of churches and Mosques in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that Muslims and Christians clerics can now reopen their worship centers and observe full religious activities in accordance with the COVID-19 preventive measures approved by international and local health experts.

The governor, who announced the full reopening of religious houses on Saturday while addressing pressmen ON COVID-19 update at the State House, Marina, stated that the full reopening does not indicate that the country had been removed from the list of countries battling with the virus.

During the briefing, Sanwo-Olu further eased the restrictions on houses of worships, permitting observation of daily prayers in mosques and granting mid-week services in churches.

He said: “As regards our places of worship, we are now also permitting the mosques to resume their five times a day prayers; and in the case of churches, they are now also permitted to resume their mid-week services. We must not forget that the Coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.”

Aside from the religious houses, the state governor also approved reopening of cinemas and gymnasium, even as he said that a maximum of 33 percent occupancy would be allowed in both within the premises.

Sanwo-Olu added that owners of cinemas must ensure two empty seats between occupied seats while in the case of gyms, there must be constant and thorough disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the course of the day.

He said the State Government would be taking definite decisions on the reopening of night-clubs, bars, event centers, spas, public parks next month, warning that dire consequences awaited those in this category that may want to flout the restrictive order.

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