The Lagos State government has reviewed some of the protocols being used to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
While addressing a press conference at the Government House in Lagos, Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced on Thursday, June 4, 2020, that the government would be relaxing the measures in the coming days.
He explained that this included the approval to reopen religious centres in the next two weeks which would come with some conditions.
In his words, “Dear Lagosians, we have completed an extended first phase and now, we are entering the second phase of our easing of the lockdown, in line with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and NCDC protocols on ease of lockdown,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He added, “From 14 days’ time, precisely from June 19 for our Muslim worshippers and from June 21 for our Christian worshippers; we will be allowing all of our religious bodies to open at a maximum of 40 per cent of their capacity and we will be working with them as expected.”
Gov Sanwo-Olu said that for places of worship with large crowds, such centres must not exceed 500 worshippers during a session.
He, however, noted that the government has allowed authorities to conduct more than one service but must maintain proper hygiene of the environment.
According to Sanwo-Olu, only Friday and Sunday services should be held for now and all other regular services, including night vigils, must be put on hold.
He also announced that all banks can now begin full operation, adding that government officers on Levels 13 and 14 should resume work while those on Levels 1 to 12 would stay back home until further notice.