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COVID-19: Churches In Kaduna Defy Govt’s Ban, Hold Sunday Service

COVID-19: Churches In Kaduna Defy Govt’s Ban, Hold Sunday Service Despite restrictions placed on social gatherings and worship centres by the Kaduna state government, in a bid to avoid endangering lives, Christians in the Kaduna capital defied the advice and went out in droves to various churches for the usual Sunday service and other religious activities. Though defying the ban, some worship centres tried to put certain measures in place, to ensure a clean and conducive environment for service. These churches provided hand sanitizers and water at their entrances, subjecting worshipers to wash their hands and apply sanitizers before entering for worship. One of such churches is the Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral in the Kaduna state capital, where a usual large turn out of worshippers was experienced. The catholic church held its normal two Sunday services, in total defiance to the advice for people to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings for the meantime. Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has on Sunday 22nd of March, 2020 asked public officers from Grade level 1 to 12 to stay at home for the next 14 days as part of precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. “I’m now hereby directing that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level 1 to 12 which constitutes about 70% of our entire public workforce should stay at home from Monday 23rd March 2020 for 14 days at the first instance. We will review this as time goes on,” the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Sunday during a statewide address. “Members of the public are advised to refrain from visiting any of our public offices and to transact such businesses as is possible that we can do this on the phone or online channels”. However, he continued by saying: “This stay-at-home (order) does not affect any of our first responders, meaning the medical personal are still meant to be at their duty posts, the fire service, members of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LAWMA and other essential services are not affected by this directive”. While reiterating that all measures are being put in place to curb the spread of the virus, Sanwo-olu urged residents to maintain the social distancing culture. Read Also: Abuja Records One New Case Of Coronavirus, Bringing Total Number To 27 “In terms of proactive measure we are taking to curb the spread of the disease, we have shut down all public and private schools and institutions of higher learning and we have also instructed that we should not allow congregation gatherings of more than 50 people at any time”. The governor thanked Lagosians who have so far complied with the directive, stating that it is in no way meant to deprive anyone of their freedom. While fielding questions from journalists, the governor noted that all those who are found violating the rules will be sanctioned and the facilities where whatever gatherings are being held (be it cinemas, religious centres or events), will be shut down by security personnel. Meanwhile, he also reiterated that all those who have just returned from foreign trips must self-isolate for 14 days to be sure that they are free of the virus.