Lagos State Government has directed that religious houses across the state can resume services as from Friday August 7.
The directive was given by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday during a statewide broadcast at the Lagos House, Marina, Lagos.
According to Sanwo-Olu the relaxation of some of the restrictions is hinged on the need for safe guiding lives and enabling livelihood.
He said: “Having carefully reviewed the current situation in Lagos, we have taken important decisions in line with the on-going objective of calibrating an effective balance between competing demands for safe guiding lives and enabling livelihood of our people”.
The governor also stated that the state has increased public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people and urged that all standard preventive and control measures must still be strictly adhered to.
“No facemask, no entry policy should be observed in our religious centres and all religious centres must have sanitizers and emergency numbers must be advertised at the entrance of their worship centres,” he said.
While Moslems can reopen Mosques from Friday, August 7, Christians can also do the same from Sunday, August 9.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who advised that those above 65 years of age should not attend services at the places of worship further disclosed that religious houses would open only once a week for their regular services and will only allow 50 per cent of their capacity, though they can hold multiple services on such designated days. Other weekly services and vigils are still put on hold.