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BREAKING: Lagos suspends reopening of churches, mosques

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The Lagos state government has suspended indefinitely the reopening of religious centers in the state which was scheduled for this weekend.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known on Tuesday afternoon during a briefing at the State House, Marina. According to the governor, the suspension is due to an increase in the number of Coronavirus cases in the state.

Recall that governor Sanwo-Olu had announced that religious centers in the state will reopen on June 19 and 21 with some conditions.

The governor noted that Muslim worshippers would resume service on June 19 and Christian worshippers would also resume on June 21.

“Dear Lagosians, we have completed an extended first phase and now, we are entering the second phase of our easing of the lockdown, in line with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and NCDC protocols on ease of lockdown,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He added, “From 14 days’ time, precisely from June 19 for our Muslim worshippers and from June 21 for our Christian worshippers; we will be allowing all of our religious bodies to open at a maximum of 40 per cent of their capacity and we will be working with them as expected.”

For places of worship with large crowds, the governor insisted that worshippers at such centres must not exceed 500 during a session.

He, however, noted that the government has allowed authorities to conduct more than one service but must maintain proper hygiene of the environment.

According to Sanwo-Olu, only Friday and Sunday services should be held for now and all other regular services, including night vigils, must be put on hold.

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