The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has requested that worship centres be allowed to go beyond one hour to at least 90 minutes.
CAN’s General Secretary Joseph Daramola in a meeting with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), in Abuja on Thursday, state that an hour would not be enough for services.
He requested for a minimum of 90minutes while he urged Christians to adhere to the guidelines, and ensure safety at all time.
The FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello released guidelines on reopening of places of worship in Abuja.
According to the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, the minister said all places of worship must sign up to full compliance with all aspects of non- pharmaceutical interventions required to protect the public from COVID-19.
In the statement worship centres were mandated to ensure the supply of running water and soap/alcohol sanitisers at entry and exit points and in all high-contact locations.
It also charges churches and mosques to implement social distancing and avoid all forms of physical contacts.
The statement read in part: “Churches and mosques within the FCT must limit the capacity of their facilities to allow for physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.’’
“Limit congregational contact times, with places of worship only opening for regular church and mosque services; churches are to open from 5am and close by 8pm and each service shall be for a maximum of 1 hour with an interval of 30 mins in between services to allow time for disinfection.’’