By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on Friday finally lifted the weekend lockdown and opened religious centers for proper worship activities.
He said religious centers must observe sitting positions of not less than 2-meter physical spacing.
Also, he maintained that the duration of religious services must not be more than one and a half hours.
This was contained in a press statement issued and signed by the Governor on Friday.
In the statement, the governor said, “It’s important for us to relax the weekend lockdown and open religious centers. So that we can continue our full commercial businesses and pray to God to wipe away this pandemic in Nigeria”.
He said, after thorough deliberation, consideration, and resolution, the government decided to reopen the worship centers with effect from Friday 14th August, 2020 as indicated in my last address.
“This decision was made in line with the agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.
“The Committee includes the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); the League of Imams and Alfas and Government representatives.
“I am delighted to note that reports reaching us indicate varying but encouraging level of preparedness by the Worship Centres. Therefore, today, Friday, 14th August is hereby confirmed for the commencement of operations of the Worship Centres, subject to the guidelines,” he explained.
He said it was of great importance that all stakeholders fully comply with the agreed guidelines, so that, together, we can further flatten the curve of this pandemic. For the purpose of emphasis, let me restate some of the elements of the guidelines which are as follows:
He added that all congregants must wear their face masks appropriately (that is, No facemask, No entry); adequate provision of running water; worship centres should be adequately cleaned and decontaminated before and after services