- The Nigerian government has given a list of guidelines places of worship must meet before being permitted to reopen
- The presidential task force on COVID-19 made the disclosure at a press briefing in Abuja
- Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the task force said the guidelines are part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19
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Following the relaxation of the ban placed on worship centres, the Nigerian government has given a list of guidelines places of worship must meet before being permitted to operate.
The presidential task force on COVID-19 said the guidelines are part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19.
Dr Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the task force in a briefing on Tuesday, June 2, said places of worship that fail to comply with these measures should not be allowed to operate by state governments, Premium Times reported.
Below is a list of the guidelines released by the task force:
1. Worship centres will only be permitted to operate for a maximum of one hour each time they meet.
2. Churches and mosques are only allowed to operate between 5 am and 8 pm daily.
3. Islamiya schools, Sunday schools, night vigils, and children classes are to remain suspended.
4. Worshippers must sanitise their hands before entry.
5. All worshippers are required to wear a face mask as part of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
6. Worshippers must have temperature checks before entry.
7. Places of worship must be structured to ensure observation of physical distancing by members.
8. The capacity of the facility should be limited to allow physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.
9. Facilities should use markings to guide distancing and people from the same household should be encouraged to stay together.
10. Discourage all close contacts including shaking hands, hugging, sharing prayer mats, musical organs, microphones etc.
11. Windows should be left open during services and preferably use open-air facility as much as possible.
12. Vulnerable people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases to are advised to at home.
Meanwhile, as the coronavirus spreads fast across boundaries and classes, Bauchi deputy governor, Baba Tela, has been reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 infection.
Telas was confirmed positive to the deadly virus following the tests carried out on him by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Bauchi deputy governor was said to have been exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the disease.
Tela's Covid-19 status was confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday, June 2, by the Mukhtar Gidado, special assistant to Governor Bala Mohammed.
Tela, who is the Bauchi state chairman of task force on Covid-19, has now gone on self-isolation. People with established contact with him have been urged to follow the due process.
"This is to inform the General public that His Excellency Senator Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus," part of the statement read.
Legit.ng gathered that development came less than two months after Governor Mohammed tested positive and recovered from the pandemic.
In another report, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has given a mind-blowing submission on the source of most of the cases in the country.
At the Abuja daily briefing on the situation of the virus in Nigeria, the head of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, admitted that the source of 75% of the cases is still a mystery to the agency.
Ihekweazu stated that at the onset of the pandemic in Nigeria, cases with travel history dropped from 100% to 2% due to the lockdown all over the world, while “23% of cases are contacts of confirmed cases."
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However, the NCDC boss pointed out that the development is not a cause for worry, adding that “This is normal & reflects ongoing community transmission in Nigeria.”
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