The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday announced that worship centres would tentatively reopen in the state effective August 14.
He gave this indication while giving COVID-19 updates at his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on Wednesday.
The governor, however, warned that all COVID-19 preventive measures must be observed during service which must not exceed one and half hours.
He said all congregants must wear their face masks appropriately, and no one without mask must be allowed entry.
The governor added that worship centres and facilities with more than 200 worshippers in a given service must “further seek concurrence with the State Government Committee.”
Religious centres were also required to “provide running water, worship centres should be adequately cleaned and disinfected before and after services; householdbleach solution / equivalent should be adequately prepared for disinfectations.”
There should also be provision of alcohol-based sanitiser which must be used before and after service
Muslims were advised to perform ablution at home and go to mosque with their personal praying mats.
Again, qualified medical practitioners or trained personnel should check the temperature of worshippers with infrared thermometer before allowing them to enter worship centres.
The governor said there “wnot be any form of “Eid” prayer or any form of gathering in
“Therefore, each family will have to observe the “Eid” prayer at home.
“We beseech our citizens to stay safe by staying at home. And, there will not be any festivities or any gathering that violate the COVID-19 protocols of not more than 20 people at a time.”
Abiodun warned that “we will not hesitate to impose severe sanctions, including, but not limited to lockdown, on any worship centre that fails to comply with the laid down guidelines.
“It is important to note that all religions make provision for obedience to God and the authorities of the land.”
Recall there had been outcry from certain religious quarters on the continuous shutdown of worship centres while markets and some few other businesses were considered in the eased phase of the lockdown.