Churches in Ogun state reopened yesterday for activities after the governor’s pronouncement on Friday allowing them to reopen.
A church during service in Ogun state following lift on church ban
Following announcement by Governor Dapo Abiodun, on Friday, that worship centres be reopened after about four months of shutdown, churches in Ogun State resumed for the usual Sunday service amidst COVID-19 protocols.
Recall that Ogun State Government had ordered the closure of worship centres in March to forestall the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
As early as 7am on Sunday, sounds of drums and praises took over communities where churches are located in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Christians, who had missed Sunday services, were seen wearing face masks and trooping to church.
An investigation by DAILY POST revealed reasonable compliance to COVID-19 protocols by the churches.
At the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Victory Vineyard, Oluwo, Abeokuta, worshippers were screened with an infrared thermometer before entering the church premises.
Also, there was running water and soap for handwashing.
Inside the church, chairs were arranged in compliance with the social distancing order, as all congregants had their nose covers attached to their faces, even when singing.
The situation was the same at the Egba Anglican Diocese, Church of Epiphany, Oluwo junction road; New Heritage Baptist Church; Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT), Onikolobo; RCCG, Overcomers Tabernacle, Mercy Road; The Apostolic Church, Mango; the United African Methodist Church, Adigbe, all in Abeokuta.
According to DailyPost churches with many congregants held multiple services to avoid violating COVID-19 protocols.
Also, services were kept brief, lasting for not more than 60 or 90 minutes.
It will be recalled that the state government had warned that services must not exceed one and a half hours.
He has urged all religious leaders in churches and mosques to obey the COVID-19 guidelines, warning that any worship centre that violates the same would be closed.
Meanwhile, Ogun State, as of Saturday night, has a total of 1,545 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the NCDC has revealed.