Church re-opening: Cleric wants leaders ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines



A cleric, Ven. Olusegun Ajayi, has called on church leaders to assist governments in ensuring worshippers’ complaince with COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Ajayi, the Archdeacon in-charge of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ikate in Surulere, Lagos, made the appeal on Sunday in a sermon at the reopening of the church after more than four months of lockdown.

The New Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu  reopened worship centres in the state on Aug 7.

The governor directed that the centres should reopen at 50 per cent capacity and comply with COVID-19 protocols.

Ajay said, “We the ministers must assist the government to ensure all the safety measures are adhered to at worship places, by preaching and teaching the lay faithful to observe all safety measures while in orout of church.”

He hailed Lagos State Government for proactive measures it put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

“We continue to pray for our governor and the commissioner of health, they have been doing very well since the outbreak of the pandemic in Lagos.

“They have done well for allowing us to come back to church though they still have to do more by continuous sensitisation of the people on COVID-19, especially now that worship centres have reopened, ” he said.

He said the church would hold two services at  7a.m. and 10a.m.

“Everything is in place and we hope to improve on all the precautionary measures as we progress,’’ he said.

The cleryman said  though COVID-19 came with challenges on the economy and changed lifestyles, it strengthened the faith of people in God.

NAN reports that the first service lasted for about two hours with not more than 30 worshipers.

Only two persons sat per pew.

All worshipers wore face masks.

The church distributed free face masks and hand sanitisers to its members.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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