Covid-19: Cross River lifts suspension on public worship

Religious organisations can now hold public worship sessions in Cross River State, south-south Nigeria from May 24th, 2020.

Governor Ben Ayade gave the conditional order on Wednesday’s evening in Calabar, the capital city.

Governor Ayade acknowledged the support of the religious leaders in the fight against the Coronavirus, saying ”their cooperation has enabled the state remained free of the pandemic.”

He said; “I am grateful to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Christians of various denominations, and the entire Muslim community for their support and cooperation during the period of suspension of public worship in our state in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.”

The Governor also noted that the resumption of public worship was to build what he described as the “Spiritual Economy” and in response to appeals made by various religious leaders in the state.

Conditions for Public worship
According to him, the resumption of public worship must be hinged on laid down Covid-19 health protocols such as social distancing, compulsory use of face mask, hand sanitizers, while the enforcement teams would strictly monitor worship sessions for compliance.

“Starting from Sunday, May 24, 2020, church services are permitted but should be limited to the sitting capacity. Same applies to Mosques. The use of nose mask is compulsory for all worshipers.

”Every church and mosque should provide buckets, water and soap for hand washing or sanitizers. I advise all churches and mosques to strictly keep to the instructions because the enforcement team will still go around to check compliance,” Governor Ayade stressed.

Source: Voice of Nigeria