Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, gave the nod for the re-opening of religious houses in a fortnight, but warned against hosting more than 500 members in a service.
He stated this at the Lagos House, Marina, when he released fresh guidelines for the second phase of the ease of the lockdown of the state.
He said mosques were free to begin Jumaat service on Friday, June 19, while churches were permitted to open for worshipers June 21.
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The governor warned against allowing more than 40 per cent of congregation access to worship centres, suggesting instead more than one service if they had larger congregations exceeding 500 at a service.
He also barred congregational vigils and other weekly activities outside Friday and Sunday worships and persons below 15 years of age and above 65 years from worship centres “because those within that age bracket are extremely very vulnerable to the pandemic.”
While urging religious houses to adhere strictly to safety measures like fumigation of worship centres, use of sanitisers, keeping the premises clean and insisting that worshippers wear face masks, he said the state safety commission would go round to check the level of compliances.
“let us self-regulate ourselves, regulate your conduct or government will regulate you,” he warned.
He directed that as from Monday next week, civil servants on levels 13-14 could resume alongside those on level 15 and above.
He said the other guidelines as announced by the PTF were still operational.
They include curfew from 10pm-4am, full re-opening of banks and other financial institutions, offices and business places to operate from 7am-6pm, manufacturing companies permitted to do night shift but to make arrangement for movement of staff.
He also disclosed that hotels and hospitality businesses were also free to open while restaurants will open for take away services only. Cinema, event cents, night clubs, gyms, spas and all other such services remain closed, while interstate movement is prohibited.
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Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that the government will deploy 570 buses on the BRT corridor on various routes next week and that the buses are being cleared from the port.
According to him, primary and secondary schools will remain shut “because the government is still consulting with all stakeholders in the sector and will come out with guidelines for their re-opening in two weeks time, and that the on-line classes for tertiary institutions continue.”
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