COVID-19: Forget cross-over service in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu warns churches

COVID-19: Forget cross-over service in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu warns churches

- Christians in Lagos have been prohibited from observing the annual cross-over service

- The Lagos state government has said that there will be no room for the religious activity

- Stressing the state government's preparedness to slow down the spread of COVID-19, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the curfew imposed by the PTF still stands

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Ahead of the New Year day celebration, the Lagos government has set a new rule that must be obeyed by all churches in the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking at the state house in Marina on Thursday, December 24, after his recovery from the pandemic, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that there will be no room for the service, The Cable reports.

The governor warned that the government will not be lenient with any church that violates the state's standing 12am-to-4am curfew.

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COVID-19: Forget cross-over service in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu warns churches
Churches in Lagos have been warned to avoid the cross-over service to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Photo: @jidesanwoolu)
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He also called on religious leaders to ensure their congregants obey the safety measures put in place by the state.

Sanwo-Olu said:

“There are not meant to be gatherings. We’ve said so. The curfew that has been set by NCDC, PTF is still active. From 12 midnight to 4am, there is a national curfew and that has to be respected.
“There are no night vigils in any form. The instructions are there; all of the restrictions are still in place that have been set by PTF and also Lagos state commission and all of the rules that have been set. So, there are no vigils anywhere.
“This is just one Christmas. We will have several Christmas so you can have your prayers at home. The curfews even start at 12, so people still need to obey those rules.”

Meanwhile, prior to the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the governor of Ogun state had rolled out a set of safety rules that must be obeyed by citizens to slow down the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.

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