Despite the relaxation on the ban on religious gathering, the federal government says it is safer for people to worship at home in spite of relaxation
Despite the relaxation on the ban on religious gathering, the federal government says it is safer for people to worship at home in spite of relaxation of the ban on religious gathering.
According to Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, coronavirus might easily spread in religious centers due to the nature of worship across the country.
However if religious centres must open, then the duration for each church service must not exceed an hour. Aliyu while rolling out guidelines for the reopening of worship centres said, “Churches to open from 5am and close by 8pm. For churches, each service should be for a maximum of an hour with an interval of thirty minutes in between services to allow time for disinfection.”
Similarly, the national coordinator said Friday prayers in mosques should also not exceed one
“Mosques may open 15 minutes before and ten minutes after prayers. The total time for Friday prayers should not exceed an hour. Worshippers should be encouraged to sign up for preferred worship and make the option of virtual service an option. There should be no gathering either or after worship and business outlets within the premises should remain closed,” he added.
“Islamiya schools, Sunday schools, vigils, and children classes are to remain suspended.”