The National Center For Disease Control (NCDC) has released New Sets of Guidelines which will help churches and Mosques resume worship. The new guidelines were released on their official website where they pleaded with Nigerians to adhere to the rules.
According to them, the Presidential Task Force reviewed the measures taken and to be taken in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
These are the guidelines below,
• There should be no entry without facemasks. All attendees and religious leaders must wear a face mask
• People who are sick should not go to places of worship. There should be temperature screening on entry
• Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers should be provided at point of entries and strategic points
• Attendance at religious settings should not exceed 1/3 of sitting capacity
• Religious centres should be clearly marked such that people sit and maintain two metres distance from each other
• There should be no form of direct contact. Practices such as handshakes as peace signs are discouraged
• Practices that require sharing of materials should be limited. For example, ablution should be performed at home
• Religious centres should be disinfected routinely, before and after worship
The guidelines developed by NCDC provides additional requirements to ensure that places of worship are safe. This can be downloaded via this link. The NCDC continues to work with states to provide technical assistance and resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of Nigerians.
In the absence of a vaccine, Nigeria and the rest of the world must depend on public health, social measures and supportive management of confirmed cases. We urge all Nigerians to take individual and collective responsibility by adhering to public health advice.
For more information, visit the dedicated microsite for COVID-19 – https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/
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