Guidelines have been issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as worship centers begin to reopen after the long break.
In the guidelines, children and persons aged 60 and above are advised to avoid worship centres at the moment adding that public toilets and sales outlets in these worship centers must remain closed during service.
The guidelines read;
“There should be no entry without face masks; provide disposable face masks where practicable.
To help educate on COVID-19, it is recommended for places of worship to have preventive messages from NCDC posted at entry points and around places of worship.
Holy communion should be packaged in disposable wraps. Drinking water points, public toilets and sales outlets must be closed for now.
Religious leaders must maintain two metres when praying or counselling and avoid body contact with members. Places of worship should be free of carpets and rugs to allow easy disinfection of the floor.
Places of worship must open only between 5 am and 8 pm. Choristers are to go home with their robes; hijabs are not to be shared; attendance in every service should not exceed one-third of the sitting capacity of the auditorium to enable physical distancing. All other members should join the service virtually.”