Churches and mosques in Lagos state can now resume normal activities including mid-week services and routine prayers, but with strict compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the approval on Saturday during a briefing at the state House in Marina.
Announcing the good news, Sanwolu said, “We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must, therefore, strive to prioritize the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.”
The governor also urged residents to take responsibility to prevent further spread of the virus.
“Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable,” he warned.
“The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times”.
The state had earlier in August approved the partial re-opening of religious centres limiting the number of congregants to 50% capacity.