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COVID-19: Lagos restores restrictions on worship centres, public gatherings

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has placed fresh restrictions on the operations of churches and mosques in the state.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

According to him, the worship centres are not to hold services for more than two hours, and that no gathering must exceed 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue.

Sanwo-Olu also banned carnivals and street parties in the state.

In a statement released on Friday, December 18, 2020 titled: “We cannot afford to relax the battle against COVID-19”, the governor also directed that all public and private schools in the state must shut down immediately until further notice.

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Additionally, the governor directed all public servants from Grade Level 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, to work from home for the next 14 days starting from Monday, December 21, in the first instance.

The governor said: “Concerts, carnivals and street parties are banned in Lagos State until further notice.

“Night clubs have not been allowed to open yet. All night clubs in Lagos must immediately shut down, until further notice.

“The midnight to 4a.m curfew imposed by the Federal Government remains in place.

“The protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on.

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“All places of worship (churches, mosques, etc.) must ensure that no gathering exceeds two hours, and also that no gathering exceeds 50% of the maximum capacity of the venue.

“A minimum of two metres’ distance should be maintained between seated or standing guests.

“All guests and service providers at events MUST wear nose masks/coverings before entry.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Gawat Jubril, said this forms part of the public health directives issued by the governor as the state prepares for a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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