The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given dates for Mosques and Churches to reopen for worship in the State with some guidelines.
Lagos Governor made this known while briefing the people of the State on Thursday, 4th of June, 2020.
Sanwo-Olu hinted that security personnel will be going round to monitor how these religious bodies will comply with the COVID-19 protocols.
The governor said that Mosques in the State can now open on the 19th of June, while Churches will now open on 21st June.
According to him only 40% capacity is allowed in the facilities. And that for large gatherings, no facility must take more than 500 people.
He also said that children below 15 years of age and elderly people above 65 years of age should stay away from Churches and Mosques.
He advised that anyone without face masks should not be allowed to enter any place of worship.
Sanwo-Olu also said that there should be no communion service and sharing of foods during these gatherings.
Only Sundays and Fridays Worship are allowed for now, every other regular programme remained suspended.
Fumigation of premises and other hygienic protocol should be observed.
Sanwo-Olu said, “There will now be restricted openings of religious houses based on compliance that we have seen and reviewed with the Safety Commission.
“From 14 days time, precisely on the 19th of June for our Muslim worshippers and from the 21st of June for our Christian worshippers, we will be allowing all of our religious bodies to open at a maximum of 40% of their capacity and we’ll be working with them as being expected by the Lagos State Safety Commission.
“But we know that these places of worship have different sizes but even if your 40% capacity is really so large, you cannot have beyond 500 worshippers at once, and keeping that maximum 40% capacity is really important.
“We will be encouraging people to have more than one service and ensure that they keep their premises clean, disinfect before another round of worship can take place.
“We will also be advising that there should only be mandatory Fridays and Sunday services. All other night vigils and services must be put on hold for now until we review our current situation.
“We will also be advising very strongly that persons below the age of 15 because of how well they walk around and difficult to hold down should be excused from the places of worship and citizens that are above the age of 65 should not be allowed into these places of worship.
“We will also advise that there should be no food sharing and communion from a common dish should be discouraged during this period.
“Sharing of kettles during ablution should be avoided, prohibited if possible.
“We also encourage the use of stationary collection boxes and electronic payments.”