COVID-19: Churches reopen in Ogun five months of closure

Christians on Sunday returned to their different churches for worship after five months of closure on the directive of the state government due to the spread of coronavirus.

Nigerian Tribune/Tribune Online recalled that churches in the state were locked on March 22.

The worship centres were advised to observe the COVID -19 protocols with the provision of running water for harvesting; sanitisers; wearing of face masks and sitting two metres apart.

Nigerian Tribune who monitored Sunday services around Abeokuta metropolis observed the excitement in the worshippers who turned out in their numbers.

At St. John’s Anglican Church, Igbein, Abeokuta, government guidelines were strictly followed, as pews were numbered to accommodate certain numbers of congregants.

The church planned to hold three services that do not last more than one and a half hour, and the same was the situation at the Ibara Baptist Church, Ibara.

Other churches visited were At. Anne’s Catholic Church, Ibara, All Soul’s Church, Ibara and Celestial Church of Christ, Ibara.

All the churches placed a banner with the inscription of “No face mask, no entry” at their entry points.

Speaking at St Anne Catholic Church, Reverend Father Lawrence Avro said: “My message is that we should all calm down and obey every instruction of the government and at the end, we all have peace and joy.”

A congregant, Mr Adigun Kayode Adigun “We are very excited to back in church after about five months. It feels good to be among brethren to worship together.”

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