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FG Imposes Fresh COVID-19 Restrictions On Churches And Mosques

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The federal government on Monday amidst fears of impending second wave of the coronavirus disease, imposed fresh restrictions on religious worship centers including churches and mosques.

The restrictions were announced in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

He announced that the fresh round of restrictions have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari based on reports and recommendations presented to him by the presidential taskforce on COVID-19.

The government has therfore directed that gatherings in worship centres must not exceed more than 50 percent of the capacity of such venues.

It also directed the compulsory use of face masks while physical distancing must be observed in such gatherings.

The statement reads: “The PTF has surveyed developments and actions taken by governments around the world, assessed our domestic environment, and has accordingly submitted its recommendations to Mr President on immediate measures to be taken.

“Accordingly, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorised the PTF to engage with the states and the FCT to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions.

“In line with the authorisation, the PTF wishes to issue the following advisories to sub-national entities for implementation over the next five weeks because these activities are considered super spreader events:

“Limit All gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50% capacity of the facility of use during which physical distancing; mandatory use of face masks shall be strictly enforced.

It added that “where more than 50 persons are attending, any such events, the gathering should be held outdoors.”

The full details of new measures announced by the federal government on Monday to curb further spread of covid-19 in the country can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday in its daily update, reported 501 new covid-19 cases in the country.

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