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NCDC issues new guidelines for reopening of churches, mosques, others

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has released new guidelines for the opening of religious centres in the country.

The eighth points guideline was released this Saturday, as a result of the ease of the lockdown by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 which has also allowed religious gatherings.

NCDC stated that the new guidelines for places of worship in Nigeria is aimed at ensuring safe gatherings and prevent exposure to COVID-19 infection in religious settings.

The agency reeled out eight rules for religious places to observe as they reopen activities to the public.

These are as follows:

1. There should be no entry without face masks. All attendees and religious leaders must wear a face mask

2. People who are sick should not go to places of worship. There should be a temperature screening on entry.

3. Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers should be provided at points of entries and strategic points.

4. Attendance to religious settings should not exceed one third of sitting capacity.

5. Religious centres should be clearly marked such that people sit and maintain two metres distance from each other.

6. There should be no form of direct contact. Practices such as hand shake as peace signs are discouraged.

7. Practice that requires sharing of materials should be limited. For example ablution should be performed at home.

8. Religious centres should be disinfected routinely, before and after service.

NCDC said the new guideline is developed following the review of the movement restrictions by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The PTF on COVID-19 had on June 2 announced the relaxation of the previous ban on religious gatherings, allowing faith groups to meet while adhering strictly to public health and social distancing.

Nigeria had placed a ban on social and religious gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The country has been reporting increasing cases of covid 19 since the index case in February, 2020.
As of Saturday night, Nigeria had recorded 15,682 infections with 407 deaths from the virus.

In addition, cases of Covid 19 has been recorded in 35 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory,Abuja.

About the author

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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