07 August 2020 – Places of worship reopened in Lagos

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Religion
Level of Jurisdiction: State
Lead People/Agency: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the new development followed a careful review of emerging positive events, stressing the decisions to relax the lockdown measures was to create a balance between competing demands of safeguarding lives of Lagos residents and preserving their means of livelihoods.

On Friday, monitoring of compliance will start while enforcement proper will commence by next week to see level of compliance.

Overview: Reopening of worship centres in Lagos.

Following the decline in positive cases, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has relaxed some of the lockdown measures taken by the Lagos State Government in response to the spread of the pandemic.

In his 17th briefing on COVID-19 response held at the State House in Marina on Saturday, the governor directed the re-opening of places of worship in the State, starting from August 7 for mosques and August 9 for churches.

But the re-opening order came with caveats: Ju’mat prayer or church services should be held in well-ventilated halls with physical distancing order enforced.

The governor said religious leaders must make available hand sanitizers, handheld thermometer checks, adding that the state government will ensure that social distancing is maintained.
Full details here: https://thenationonlineng.net/concerns-as-churches-mosques-reopen-in-lagos/

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Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: The number of positive cases is dropping despite increase in testing