Enugu Metro can authoritatively report that Christian and Muslim faithful will resume public worship in the State from this weekend, with Christian public services taking off this Sunday, 10 May 2020.
We gathered that this was the major outcome of the meeting held yesterday between religious leaders and Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Lion Building, the seat of power in Enugu.
Among others, it was agreed that
- Public worship for Christians could begin this Sunday with strict observance of the rules of the NCDC on public gathering, including observance of “social distancing with not more than 20 persons meeting in a hall at a given time. *
- Rules of hygiene such as washing of hands, use of hand sanitizers and face masks by worshippers are to be implemented
- Pastors are to conduct short services and hammer to their members the need to protect themselves from the virus
- They are also to ensure that no mass or service goes beyond 12.00 noon on Sundays.
We also learnt that it was agreed that churches could hold as many sessions as they want for as long as they keep to the time and the number specified for each gathering.
A release to the clergy by one of the attendees, sighted by eMetro, stated that the religious leaders agreed to do periodic reviews of the situation with the Governor for the safety of the people.
“Ministers and pastors are to take personal responsibility to make sure the rules are obeyed,” the leader warned because, according to him, “any escalation of this virus may lead to another complete lockdown.”
“Let us all cooperate and keep our people safe. It is only the living that comes to Church,” he said.
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