Nigeria: Lagos reopens worship centres, social clubs

by Akeem Alao
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The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced plan to reopen worship centres for Muslims and Christians in the state.

While disclosing this on Saturday August 1, 2020, the governor expressed delight at the progress the state is making in the fight against COVID19 and the current decline in positive cases.

Sanwo-Olu noted that in view of the latest development, he had decided to reopen “places of worship effective from Friday August 7 for Muslim worshippers, and Sunday, August 9, for Christian worshippers with 50 per cent of their regular capacity.”

“In the same vein, social clubs and recreational centers will also open from August 14, in strict compliance with safety protocols and registration with LSSC.

“Clearance certificates to open are at this time being issued only to social clubs with registered trustees.

“Restaurants can open for in-dining services, from August 14, on the condition that they maintain 50 per cent capacity and obtain a safety compliance certificate through the LSSC registration portal, the governor said.

He added that public gatherings can now hold with a maximum of 50 persons for meetings, funerals and other social events.

He also implored residents to continue to use face masks in public spaces and adhere strictly to all the public health safety measures and guidelines.

“At this point, I have to emphasize how important and necessary it is for us to self-regulate.

“Everyone of us must take up the mantle of responsibility and ensure that we are self-regulating ourselves in our interest and in the interest of our loved ones,” he said.

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