The Kaduna State government has lifted the prohibition on daily prayers and services in places of worship with the condition that worshipers must comply with health protocols.
A statement by Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s special adviser on media and communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said the decision was taken on the recommendation of the State COVID-19 Task Force.
It said the health protocols were captured in the forward campaign, which included wearing facemasks, observing physical distancing, practising respiratory hygiene, washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings, remaining indoors as much as possible and eating immune-boosting diets.
The statement recalled that government had imposed restrictions on all forms of congregational worship on March 26, 2020, as part of the state government’s COVID-19 containment strategy, saying the restrictions are gradually being relaxed, starting with Sunday services in churches and Jumaat prayers.
It said the government appeals to citizens to maintain utmost vigilance as more offices, businesses, markets and places of worship open, because COVID-19 transmission has not stopped.
‘’As people pursue their livelihoods, they should practice the personal responsibility obligations outlined in the forward campaign to protect themselves and their families,’’ it said.
The statement warned that places of worship that persistently fail to comply with the guidelines may be closed, to protect the worshippers and the public.