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Umahi lifts ban on churches, religious gathering in Ebonyi

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EBONYI State Governor, David Umahi has lifted the ban on all the religious gathering in the state following the passionate appeal made by the leadership of the Christain Association of Nigeria(CAN).

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Commissioner Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Uchenna Orji,  said that the  governor directed reopening of  all the religious centers with effect from 15th May 2020, due to appeal of leadership of CAN, Ebonyi State chapter.

The statement said that Governor Umahi, after having prayerfully reviewed the request of the state leaders, “directed that religious centres in the state do re-open for worship once a week, effective from 15th May, 2020, under attendant conditions

“All churches are to observe their service only on Sundays from 9am to 11 am. Seventh Day Adventist and Muslim faithful are to observe their service on Saturdays and Fridays respectively from 9 am – 11am. No religious centre shall permit more than 500 people (in the case of big churches) and worshipers shall observe a minimum of 2 meter social distancing from one another.”

The statement further added that wearing of face masks, washing of hands with running water and use of hand sanitisers must be strictly observed in all religious centres.

“No religious service is allowed to hold any other day other than the days specified herein and which must be in strict observance of all COVID-19 laws and regulations.

“Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has a duty to close down any religious gathering and arrest the principal of the worship centre that violates this order.”

The statement also urged all religious bodies in the state to use the opportunity of window of worship to create awareness among their members on the protocols, policies, laws and regulations regarding COVID-19 and to pray for the state and Nigeria

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