The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the reopening of worship centres in the state beginning from Friday, August 7.
Governor Sanwo-Olu announced this at a press briefing today August 1.
While mosques will be reopened next week Friday August 7, the governor said churches will follow suit on Sunday, August 9. He said religious leaders must make available hand sanitisers, thermometer guns, adding that the state government will ensure that social distancing is maintained.
Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, the 7th of August for our Muslim worshippers, and on Sunday, the 9th of August for our Christian worshippers. We will only be allowing a maximum of 50% of their capacity.
He said night vigils and other services are still suspended. Citizens above 65 years old are to stay at home. He said handshakes, hugs and “hi-fives” are banned during services. The state has also increased public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.
The governor also announced that restaurants will resume eat-in services in the state beginning from August 14. Social clubs and recreational centres would be allowed to reopen beginning from August 14.
He said along with the federal government directive, schools in the state will reopen for exiting classes beginning from August 3.
The governor said night clubs, cinemas, game houses, and spas in the state are to remain shut.
The governor also announced that the state has in the last two weeks witnessed a decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. He announced this when he spoke at the press briefing he held this evening.
“We must, however, mention that we have seen a gradual decrease in the positivity rate in Lagos State over the last two weeks which combined with our increase in the testing numbers, points to a very encouraging picture of the outcome of our response strategy in the state. We will continue to fine-tune our strategy and our efforts to build on our successes and close all existing gaps if any.” the governor said
While noting that the state government successfully tested 9,000 samples in the week ending July 26, the governor explained the figures represented 50 percent increase in the 6,000 tested samples in the preceding week. He said more testing of suspected COVID-19 cases has been made possible with the creation of additional laboratories in the state.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the state is winning the battle against the dreaded virus largely due to the increase in the number of tested samples.