Gist: Lagos churches and mosques allowed to open from June 19

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lifted the ban on religious gatherings in the state, starting from June 19, 2020.

During a media briefing on Thursday, June 4, the governor said his government will allow a restricted opening of religious houses based on compliance reviewed with the state’s safety commission.

The governor said mosques are allowed to reopen on June 19, while churches are allowed to reopen on June 21st

Noting that mass gatherings can increase the spread of the coronavirus, Sanwo-Olu said churches and mosques can only reopen at a maximum of 40% of their capacity. “Even if your 40% capacity is really so large, you cannot have beyond 500 (people), and keeping the maximum capacity is really important,” he said.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had announced on Monday, June 1, 2020 that it was lifting the ban even though the number of cases keep rising in the country.

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