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COVID-19: Nasarawa Govt Lifts Ban on Religious Gathering

Nasarawa state Governor Abdullahi Sule

The Nasarawa Government on Tuesday lifted its ban on religious gathering aimed at curtailing  the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Dogo Shammah made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after a stakeholders meeting at the Government House, Lafia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Governor Abdullahi Sule had on March 2,  placed a ban on religious gathering  as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The commissioner, however, said that the lifting of the ban was for  two weeks with certain conditions that religious leaders and their followers must meet.

He listed the  conditions to  include compulsory use of face masks by members, provision of hand sanitiser and running water as well as  observing of physical  distancing at the worship centres.

He said that the government would review the level of compliance with the conditions after the expiration of the two weeks.

He added that the government would provide hand sanitiser and thermometer for the churches and mosques.

Dogo also announced the easing of the restriction on commercial tricyles with the directive that the operators must not carry more than two passengers and must wear face mask.

Bishop Joseph Massin, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, who spoke on behalf of religious leaders, lauded the government for being considerate and promised to adhere to the government conditions.

He called on other religious leaders to provide running water,  hand sanitiser and ensure that every member of their congregation used face mask in places of worship. (NAN).

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