Ondo State Government Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings


Ondo State Government Lifts Ban On Religious Gatherings

The Governor of State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has lifted the ban of religious activities which was imposed due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

Governor Akeredolu gave the order during a press briefing on in the state on Wednesday in Akure, State.

Akeredolu stated that churches will only be allowed to operate on Sundays while Mosques will be allowed to operate on Fridays.

Akeredolu also revealed that the state has recorded 24 cases of COVID -19 with 19 of the patient recovered and discharged, two deaths were recorded, while three are still in isolation and receiving treatment.

Religious leaders have also been directed to ensure that they comply with all health guidelines to check the spread of the virus.

He said, “As agreed with religious leaders, in specific terms, worship centers are to commence their main activities with effect from this Friday. However, such approvals are not blanket and without restrictions, rather they are to be guided by the general response protocols on nationally. 

“Weekly Friday Jumat services and Sunday Church services will commence in the first instance. Other daily programmes within the week are not yet approved for take-off. Religious leaders and administrators must ensure strict compliance with the social and physical distancing in the places of worship.

“In the case of churches, not more than three people are expected to sit on a pew while the equivalent applies to the sitting positions in the mosques and other worship centres as well. Water and soap must be provided at all entries into the centres or halls of worship 2hile all worshipers must be made to wash their hands in the standard pattern approved and practised since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Hand sanitizers must be provided and used by each worshipper at every entry point to the centres and at other convenient points within the premises and all worshippers and workers inside the centres and within the premises must wear face masks properly for the duration of the service

“Churches, Mosques and other religious centres must regularly decontaminate and sanitise the premises, facilities and equipment before and after the services.”

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