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UPDATED: Lagos okays full reopening of churches, mosques



The Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo – Olu , has approved the full reopening of worship centres in the state .
He announced this during a briefing in Lagos on Saturday .
The governor said mosques can hold their prayers five times daily while churches can also commence weekly services .
The governor had on Friday , August 7 allowed mosques and churches to commence their Friday and Sunday services only .
He , however, warned that the safety protocols released by the government must be strictly adhered to.
“ Muslims can now have their five times daily prayers in mosques . Churches can also begin mid – week services ,” the Governor said
Worship centres in the state had been shut since March as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID -19 .
As of Friday , September 18 , 2020 , the governor said, Lagos State had conducted close to 100 ,000 tests , and recorded a total of 18 , 854 confirmed cases of COVID -19 .Of this number , 15 , 598 have recovered in community , 592 are currently active in the community , and 207 deaths have sadly occurred.
“ It is however interesting to note that we have also recorded a dramatic decline in the number of Covid-19 related deaths at our facilities , ” he added .
Sanwo – Olu advised citizens not to let down their guide against the pandemic, urging them to act responsibly by maintaining the required levels of hygiene.
“ The Lagos State Government , like the Federal Government , is committed to continuing the maintenance of a fine balance between the safety of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.
“ We will continue to make adjustments as required , but the gradual resumption of social, educational , and economic activity must never be taken as an excuse to let down our guard against the pandemic, ” the governor said.

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