COVID-19: CAN directs Lagos churches to end crossover night services by 11pm

COVID-19: CAN directs Lagos churches to end crossover night services by 11pm

- The Lagos state chapter of CAN has reacted to the curfew imposed by the federal government over the COVID-19 pandemic

- The religious body has given instruction to churches regarding adhering to the government's directive

- Nigerian authorities have been taking steps to stop further spread of coronavirus in the country

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All churches in Lagos state have been directed to close their cross-over night services by 11pm on December 31, 2020.

The Punch reported that the directive was issued by the Lagos state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a statement on Tuesday, December 29.

The newspaper stated that the statement was signed by the CAN chairman in Lagos, Bishop Steven Adegbite.

COVID-19: CAN directs Lagos churches to end cross over services by 11pm
Worshippers pray into the New Year during the crossover watch night church service at the Redemption Camp on Lagos Ibadan highway. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei
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The statement read:

"As part of our responsibility as a law-abiding organisation and in response to the appeal made to us by the State Government, we hereby direct that all churches should ensure their services on 31st of December, 2020 end at 11:00 pm so as to allow attendees get to their respective homes and places of rest on or before 12:00 midnight when the curfew will start.”

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Cross-over night services are yearly Christian gatherings conducted by churches from December 31 to January 1.

Many worshipers use the event to thank God for preserving their lives throughout the year and dedicate the New Year to their maker.

However, due to the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the federal government following the COVID-19 pandemic, churches have been making adjustments to comply with the government's rule.

Meanwhile, an emerging report indicates that the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners’ Chapel, has cancelled its 2020/2021 cross-over night service.

Winners’ Chapel’s cross-over night service holds yearly from December 31 to January 1, within the hours of 10pm and 4am.

But this year’s event has reportedly been cancelled by the church, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PM News reported.

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