Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday ordered the reopening of worship centres in the state from August 14.
The governor gave the directive while giving COVID-19 updates at the Governor’s Office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.
He, however, warned that any worship centre that fails to follow the guidelines put in place by the state government would be sanctioned appropriately.
The measures, according to him, include the mandatory use of face masks, physical and social distancing, and provision of handwashing facilities, amongst others.
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Abiodun said: “We urge our religious leaders to ensure that they abide by the measures mutually agreed upon and rolled out. As a government, we will not hesitate to impose severe sanctions, including, but not limited to, lockdown on any worship centre that fails to comply with the laid down guidelines. It is important to note that all religions obey God and the authorities of the land.
“Wearing of face masks in the public is now compulsory. Therefore, I hereby invoke powers conferred on me by Regulation 7 of the Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 (the Regulations), made pursuant to Section 33 of the Public Health Law of Ogun State (the Law), to mandate the compulsory wearing of face masks by all persons in public as part of measures to prevent the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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