COVID-19: FG releases 16 updated guidelines ahead of reopening worship centres

COVID-19: FG releases 16 updated guidelines ahead of reopening worship centres

As part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian government has released an updated version of the guidelines required for reopening places of worship.

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The updated guidelines which were released by the presidential task force on COVID-19 contains a list of safeguards that church and mosques should adhere to.

The federal ministry of information said the guidelines were needed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Below are the 16 COVID-19 preventive guileless for churches

1. Attend church only on Sundays

2. Open church from 5am to 8pm

3. Hold multiple services with a maximum of one hour per session

4. Sanitise all worship areas including doors, doors, switches, and microphones

5. Provide hand washing facilities and temperature checks

6. Mandatory use of face masks by all

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7. Display non-contact greetings signs

8. Provide offering boxes at all entry points

9. Provide floor markings for physical distancing

10. No sharing of bibles, hymns and no use of holy water fonts

11. No social gathering before and after service

12. Ensure controlled use of restrooms

13. Close businesses within church premises

14. Home worship for the elderly and the people with underlying health conditions

15. Ensure good ventilation

16. Children areas should remain closed

COVID-19: FG releases 16 updated guidelines ahead of reopening worship centres

Children areas in both churches and mosques are to remain closed. Photo credits: Real clear politics/ Guardian Nigeria
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Below are the 16 COVID-19 preventive guileless for mosques

1. Only the five daily prayers and Friday prayers are allowed for public worship

2. Hold Friday prayers and sermons for a maximum of one hour

3. Sanitise all worship areas including taps, doorknobs, light switches

4. Mandatory use of face masks by all

5. Provide hand washing facilities and temperature checks

6. Display non-contact greetings signs

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7. Provide sadaqah boxes at every entry point

8. Provide running water in prayer and ablution areas

9. Provide floor markings for physical distancing

10. No sharing of Quaran, praying mats and kettles

11. No social gathering before and after service

12. Ensure controlled use of restrooms

13. Close businesses within mosques premises

14. Home worship for the elderly and the people with underlying health conditions

15. Ensure good ventilation

16. Close Islamiyya schools

Meanwhile, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the general overseer of Christ Embassy, has reacted to the guidelines rolled out by the federal government for the gradual reopening of churches.

In a video that has been trending online, the pastor said that one cannot say they believe in Jesus Christ and be afraid of viruses, adding that Jesus healed the sick by touching them in the bible.

The clergyman condemned many ministers of God who have been supporting government control of religious houses.

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He said pastors who are scared of the disease need prayers. Pastor Chris added that the reason churches are still shut down is not because of government but men of God who convinced the government not to allow them open.

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