COVID-19: Lagos ban sharing Kettles during ablution in mosques   


The Lagos State government has outlawed the common practice of sharing kettles during ablution in mosques across the state ahead of the reopening of worship centres from June 19.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus worship centres in the state on the order of government have been under lock and key.

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On Thursday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the lifting of the ban on religious gatherings with mosques slated to reopen as from June 19 while that of churches is June 21.

However, unlike pre-pandemic times, faithful of both religions would be required to conduct their services under restrictions and guidelines including banning persons below 15 years and above 65 years from attending congregational prayers.

Sanwo-Olu via his twitter handle, @jidesanwoolu, on Friday, added to the don’t for the Muslims in a tweet to give further directives to worshippers.

He wrote: “Sharing of kettles during ablution is strictly prohibited.

“The decision to proceed, restrict, modify, postpone or cancel a worship service after a thorough risk assessment solely lies with the state government.

“All places of worship must nominate a person who would liaise with the state government to obtain a safety clearance for their premises.

“Crowd capacity must be limited to no more than 40 per cent of the approved occupying limits of religious centres by the state government with a maximum limit of 500 people irrespective of the size of the religious centre.

“We strongly advice members of the congregation to avoid food offerings (communion) when it is being shared from common dishes.”

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