COVID-19: Hugs, handshakes banned in Lagos churches


‎Hugs, handshakes and high-fives are prohibited in churches in Lagos, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said.

Spas, bars, lounges, night clubs, cinemas and games arcades will also remain shut, ‎the governor announced in his 17th update on the coronavirus situation report on the state, at Lagos House, Marina, on Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu had also announced that mosques and churches will reopen for services from August 7.‎

The governor said, “H‎andshakes, hugs and high fives are not permitted at services or gatherings, and should be emphasised by displaying appropriate signs prominently.

“The use of stationary collection boxes and electronic methods for collection of offerings must be encouraged.

“The closure of all spas, bars, lounges, night clubs, cinemas, games arcades remains in place. The possible reopening of these places will be further reviewed before the end of the month.

“Social clubs and recreational centres will also now be allowed to open from August 14, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission.

“Note that these Safety Clearance Certificates are at this time being issued only to social clubs with Registered Trustees.

“Clubs and centres that reopen without complying with these mandatory requirements will be shut down and dealt with according to the law.”

Schools are to reopen for exit classes – SS3 students – on August 3.

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The governor said the state government will monitor and enforce compliance with the guidelines. ‎

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