Yuletide: Lagos Asks Churches, Mosques To Enforce COVID-19 Protocols, Bans Carnivals

A combination of photos showing a cross and some Muslim faithful in a mosque.

The Lagos State government has instructed churches, mosques, and every other public place of worship to enforce and obey the existing COVID-19 protocols due to the rising cases of the Covid 19 virus reported recently in the state.

The governor asked them to ensure all public gatherings must not exceed two hours with attendance not more than 50 percent of the maximum capacity of the venue used.

The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, passed the order in a statement personally signed by him on Friday.

The governor also stated that concerts, carnivals, and street parties are banned in all parts of the state indefinitely except stated otherwise.

According to governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, night clubs would not be allowed to open yet and all night clubs in the Lagos state should be closed until further notice with immediate effect.

He stated that the order became important as all local governments in Lagos have begun to record a massive increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: Twitter-@jidesanwoolu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that the situation was not peculiar to only Lagos state, stating that the whole country was also experiencing a rise in the numbers of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus.

“Of every 100 persons tested, an average of 10 comes back to be positive. The statistics show a massive increase from the 5 persons per 100 tests recorded back in September, but lower than the high numbers in August which were between 20 and 30 persons per 1 test.

“This clearly shows the existence of active community transmission and supports the chances of the emergence of the second wave in Lagos State,” he stated.

The governor added, “This second wave calls for a full re-awakening of caution. The ignorance that crept in over the last few months as a result of measures put in place  when cases started to decline in August, we must now be all careful and vigilant.”

As part of public health instructions, he ordered the shut down of all public and private schools in Lagos until further notice and asked all public servants from Grade Level 14 and below to work remotely for the next 2 weeks starting from Monday next week.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that emergency workers and first responders were excluded from the above directives, but he noted that the 12 am to 4 am curfew imposed by the Federal Government must be observed and obeyed.

The governor instructed that guests and service providers at any event with high temperatures (above 37.5 degrees) should be politely turned back and directed to paramedics or the emergency response team for testing and quarantine purposes.