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COVID-19: Kogi govt lifts ban on religious gatherings

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The Government of Kogi State on Thursday lifted the ban placed on large gatherings, specially religious gatherings in the state in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 disease in parts of the country.

The lifting of the ban on religious gatherings, according to the state governor Yahaya Bello, was to allow religious bodies resume their normal worship services in the state.

Bello, in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, however urged all religious leaders to put in place preventive and precautionary measures in their various worship centres in order to contain the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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The governor also directed that hand sanitisers must be provided for worshippers at the entrances of all churches and mosques.

“Sitting arrangements in mosques and churches should be done to ensure social distancing.

“We also urge churches and mosques to make their services as brief as possible in order not to keep a large crowd of worshipers within enclosed confinement,” Bello said.

Bello then enjoined the religious leaders to continue to pray for the end of the pandemic.

It would be recalled that the state government had ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state on March 20, after which he ordered the closure of entry points into the state.

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