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Lagos Reopens Churches, Mosques

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has declared that worship centres in the state will reopen on Friday, August 7, 2020.

The Governor disclosed this on Saturday, August 1st, 2020.

He said; “Having carefully reviewed the current scenario in Lagos, we have taken some important decisions in line with the ongoing objective of calibrating an effective balance between the competing demands of safeguarding lives and enabling livelihoods.”

“Places of worship in Lagos will be allowed to open from Friday, August 7, for our Muslim worshippers, and Sunday, August 9, for Christian worshippers, but only at 50 per cent of their regular capacity. Worship centres whose main worship period falls on Saturdays are equally permitted to hold their services, subject to the same guidelines as churches holding services on Sundays.”

“Social clubs and recreational centers will also be allowed to open from August 14, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional safety compliance certificate via registration on LSSC website. The clearance certificates are at this time being issued only to social clubs with registered trustees.”

“Restaurants will now be permitted to open for in-dining services, from August 14, on the condition that they maintain a 50 per cent occupancy capacity. The restaurants must obtained a provisional safety compliance certificate through the LSSC registration portal. We are also increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. This applies to a wide range of events, from funerals, social events to corporate meetings.”

“In the coming days, the opening hours for food and non-food markets may be extended to 5pm on their opening days.”

“Secondary schools should re-open as earlier communicated by the Ministry of Education, from August 3, for Exit Classes only – SSS 3 and Technical Studies III (TEC 3) students only.”

“This will allow them to have two-week preparation period to participate in revision classes in preparation for the West African Examinations (WAEC). All standard precautions must be put in place by school authorities to protect the students.”

“I urge compliance to the measures outlined in the new regulations, LSSC has a statutory responsibility to monitor the activities and operations of all organisations and worship centres that have been permitted to re-open.”

“As I always say, people need to take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones. Self-regulation is the order of the day, and no one should wait for the government to regulate them or their conduct, even though we will be doing so. Everyone of us must take up the responsibility and ensure that we are self-regulating ourselves in our interest and that of our loved ones.”

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