OYOGist.com has learned that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has reportedly submitted guidelines for the reopening of churches to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. Among the guidelines are churches must ensure that worshippers do not engage in hugging or having handshakes before, during and after services.
Churches are also mandated to disinfect their premises, provide water and soap for worshippers to wash their hands, as well temperature readers at entrances.
Recall that the federal government banned all religious and social gatherings, as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari, few weeks ago, ordered gradual easing of lockdown, which saw the reopening of selected businesses while worship centres remained closed. Following calls for the reopening of worship centres, the PTF recently asked CAN to submit guidelines for the reopening of churches.
After a meeting between CAN, National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the PTF, special assistant to CAN President, Bayo Oladeji, disclosed that the national Christian body has submitted guidelines to the PTF, according to Tribune Online.
Oladeji said the guidelines include: “churches should disinfectant their premises first before they are reopened for services. Churches should provide alcoholic sanitizers, temperature readers, soap and water in their premises to be supervised by medical professionals in the Church.