The Ogun State government has announced that worship centres in the state will be reopened from 14 August.
This was disclosed by Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, while providing COVID-19 updates at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.
He warned that any worship centre that fails to follow all the stipulated COVID-19 preventive guidelines would be sanctioned appropriately.
Some of the measures announced by the state government include the mandatory use of face masks, social distancing of congregants of up two meters and the provision of handwashing facilities.
Governor 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 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
“Failure to do so is punishable by up to six months imprisonment under Regulation 8 of the Regulations and Section 68 of the Law.”
On education, the governor said graduating pupils should resume on August 4 in line with the federal government directive to prepare for their examinations starting from August 17.