Gov. Sanwo-Olu says churches & mosques can reopen in Lagos

Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that religious activities will resume in the state on June 19.

The governor made the announcement at a press briefing at government house, Marina, Lagos, on Thursday.

He said while Muslims will return to mosques on June 19, Christian worship would begin on June 21.

The governor said the religious gatherings are restricted to only Fridays and Sundays, children below age of 15 are not allowed.

All religious centres (churches and mosques) must be 40% of the venue’s capacity. No hugging, handshakes, serving of food e.g. the holy communion etc in any religious centre.

On Monday, the federal government lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country.

The government had imposed the ban two months ago to check the spread of coronavirus.

But after the ban was lifted, the state commissioner for home affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, says reopening of worship centres would not be possible now because the state is the epicentre of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

The commissioner had said the government had held several meetings with some religious leaders who agreed that worship centres should be closed until “the coast is clear”.

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