BREAKING: ONDO LIFTS BAN ON RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS AS IT RECORDS SECOND COVID-19 DEATH
Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State has lifted the ban on religious gatherings in the State.
Akeredolu gave the order on Wednesday, May 27 during the weekly media briefing on COVID-19.
Akeredolu, while speaking, hinted that the State has recorded its Second COVID-19 death.
“I hereby direct the resumption of guided and syndicated religious activities throughout the state. The implementation of this resumption of activities will be gradual and systematic.
“As agreed with religious leaders, in specific terms, worship centres are to commence their main activities with effect from this Friday.
The Governor noted that Church services must hold only on Sundays, while Jumat should be observed on Fridays only.
“Only 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.
Recall that on March 23, 2020, a ban was placed on religious activities in the state as part of measures for combating the deadly virus.
The Governor said religious activities should be guided and syndicated following safety measures imposed by the Federal Government and Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control.
“Water and soap must be provided at all entries into the centres or halls of worship. All worshipers must be made to wash their hands in the standard pattern approved and practiced 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,” said Akeredolu.
The Governor, however, threatened to shut down any worship centres that fail to adhere to the laid down rules.