Ebonyi Government Lifts Ban on Religious Gatherings With Conditions
By Victor Nwegede
Ebonyi State government has lifted ban on religious gatherings, cautioned for them strict compliance on the Covid-19 precautionary measures in the state.
This contains in a press statement issued and signed by Ebonyi Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji.
The statement noted that Governor Umahi has lifted ban on religious gatherings in his response to the passionate appeal made by the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ebonyi State Chapter and some reverred Bishops in the state.
It further stated that all the religious centres are to be re-opened for worship under strict observance of Covid-19 policy and state laws, after the governor had prayerfully reviewed the request and in consultation with state leaders.
In accordance, the governor’s directive was that all religious centres including churches and mosques in the state are to re-open for worship once a week beginning effectively from 15th May, 2020 under the following conditions:
- All Churches are to observe their service only on Sunday from 9am to 11 am.
- Seventh Day Adventist and Muslim faithfuls are to observe their service on Saturday and Friday respectively from 9 am – 11 am.
3) No Religious Centre shall permit more than 500 people and worshipers shall observe a minimum of 2 meters social distancing from one another.
4) Wearing of facemasks, washing of hands with running water and use of hand sanitizers must be strictly observed in all religious centres.
5) No religious service is allowed to hold any other day other than the days specified herein and which must be in strict observance of all COVID-19 Laws and regulations
6) Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) has a duty to close down any religious gathering and arrest the principal of the worship centre that violates this order
7) The Governor requests all Religious bodies in the state to use this opportunity of window of worship to create awareness among their members on the protocols, policies, laws and regulations regarding COVID-19 and to pray for our dear State and Nigeria.
8) They are also enjoined to use the opportunity to advise their members to aggressively participate in agriculture and other lawful means of livelihood.
9) CAN leadership and Anti- COVID-19 Committee on Religious Centres are requested to please mount strict monitoring of all religious centres in the state and ensure strict compliance and discipline among them.”
Please be assured always of the Governor’s unwavering commitment to the course of our people