Lagos state announces churches, mosques, event centres to remain closed

Lagos state announces churches, mosques, event centres to remain closed

- Amid the increase in COVID-19 cases, worship centres will remain closed in Lagos the state government has revealed

- The decision of the government was announced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during his briefing

- According to the Lagos state governor, all other social and event centres in the state will remain closed as well

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Lagos state government on Friday, July 3, announced that worship centres in the state will remain shut until further notice.

According to The Nation, this was disclosed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during a briefing at Alausa Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu went on to state that all social and events centres including clubs in the state will also remain closed. He also added that all restrictions to mass gatherings will remain in force.

This development is coming just as the Lagos state governor announced that only students in Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS3 will resume beginning from Monday, August 3.

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Lagos state announces churches, mosques, event centres to remain closed

Lagos state announces churches, mosques, event centres to remain closed
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He stated: "However, students in the transitional classes who have mandatory public examinations ahead of them will be permitted to resume for revision classes and examinations. The commencement date for this will be from Monday, August 3rd."

It would be recalled that the state government on Tuesday, June 16, halted its plan to reopen churches and mosques.

The Lagos state government had made the u-turn barely seventy-two hours after Governor Sanwo-Olu declared that all religious worship centres in the state would be allowed to reopen from June 19.

In a tweet by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Sanwo-Olu, the government said that children below age 15 would not be allowed into any religious centre.

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Meanwhile, after more than two months of closing schools and worship centres due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Ekiti state government has taken a bold step by allowing activities to resume.

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Governor Kayode Fayemi said worship centres may resume holding services from Friday, July 17, while students can return to their learning centres effective Monday, July 20.

The Ekiti state governor disclosed this on Tuesday, June 30, in a state-wide broadcast on the next stage in the state’s COVID-19 response.

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

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.

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