The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has ordered the reopening of worship centres with effect from Friday the 29th of May, 2020.
According to Gov.Akeredolu mosques are to hold only Friday Jum’at services, while churches would hold services on Sundays only and all religious activities are to be guided and syndicated.
The Governor outlined measures to be put in place by the worship centres to include compulsory wearing of facemasks by worshippers, decontaminated of the premises before and after the services, maintaining social distancing and provision of soap, water and hand sanitizers at the entrance to the worship centres.
Gov. Akeredolu warned that any religious centre that fails to strictly comply with the guidelines will be shut down.
He said: “I wish to stress that government has placed appropriate machinery in motion to monitor and ensure that these guidelines are implemented to the letter.’’
“Cases of infringement, disregard or willful neglect of these extant regulations will be considered as serious threat to the society and will be sanctioned. Let me be more direct. Any church, mosque or worship centre, which fails to obey the simple rule, will be shut down immediately.’’
Governor Akeredolu stated that the religious activities were asked to resume after consultation with religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders.