Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the lifting of the ban on religious gatherings on Thursday following the two-month social and religion gathering restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor announced that Muslims could resume worship on June 19 while their Christian counterparts would begin the same on June 21, the Muslims could resume worship on June 19 while their Christian counterparts would begin the same on June 21, the governor said. Persons below 15 years and above 65 years, however, would be required to stay home.
“We will be advising very, very strongly that persons below the age of 15, because of how well they walk around, and how they become difficult to hold down, should be excused from the places of worship, while citizens above the age of 65 should also not be allowed into these places of worship. These are very, very, very important points that we need to re-emphasise,” the governor said.
Restrictions have also been placed on the number of persons that may worship at any particular time. “We will be allowing our religious bodies to open at a maximum of 40 per cent of their capacity. We will be working with them alongside the Lagos State Safety Commission,” he said.
The Lagos State Safety Commission will register religious centres before opening and inspect their activities to check level of compliance. He added that the state government had the discretion to stop or restrict worship where there is no compliance.
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