Churches and Mosques to open

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Kogi State has lifted the social distancing order imposed to curb the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) on religious congregations in mosques and churches across the state. The state governor Yahaya Bello, in a statement issued in Lokoja on Thursday, said that the lifting of the ban was to enable religious bodies to resume their normal worship and services. The statement was signed by Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication. The state government urged the religious bodies to observe the preventive measures.
Furthermore, the governor directed that hand sanitizers must be provided for those coming into all of the churches and mosques. He also stated that” Sitting arrangements in mosques and churches should be done to ensure social distancing.” The churches and mosques were asked to make their services as brief as possible in order not to keep a large crowd of worshipers within an enclosed confinement. The governor Yahaya Bello then enjoined the religious leaders to continue to pray for the end of this Corona Virus so that things can return to normal activities. Remember that Governor Bello on March 20 ordered the closure of public and private schools (tertiary, secondary and primary) in the state indefinitely as measures to preventing the spread of the corona virus disease in the state. He said the closure of schools and other public gathering places was to take effect from Monday, March 23, 2020. The governor also banned all forms of gathering involving 30 people and above as part of the preventive measures against the spread of the virus.
This move has drawn widespread praise among the religious folks in the state. Many people have asked the churches and mosques to use this period to intercede on behalf of the state.

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