Yahaya Bello lift ban on religious bodies, congregational worship begins

Yahaya Bello in less than 3weeks of banning all forms of gatherings of 30people to alt the spread of the pandemic and also the closure of public gatherings and schools, the governor has dished the law. The ban which took effect on Monday 23rd March 2020 is now lifted on religious ground.

Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State in a bid to ease the pressure of the stay-at-home order of the Federal Government and the state government has lifted the social distancing order on religious congregations.

The order was placed to curb the communal spread of coronavirus. Governor Yahaya Bello said this in a statement issued on Thursday in Lokoja saying the development is to enable religious bodies to resume normal operation.

The Governor has further directed that all religious bodies and organization made hand sanitizers available for the worshipers and the seating arrangement be a precautionary one.

In the statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and communication, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, it was stated clearly that the seating arrangements must be in conformity with the social distance order.
“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,” Yahaya Bello said.

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