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Persons aged 55 and above are to stay away from Worship Centres – FG

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The Federal Government has warned that those that are aged from 55yrs and above are to stay away from public worship centres.

This was part of the guidelines released by the PTF on covid19 for places of worship to resume normal activities.

During the press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, Sani Aliyu, the PTF National Coordinator, said in respect of the widespread community transmission of Covid19, the FG has advised that places of worship should maintain and follow the spelt out guidelines on reopening worship centres and protect the elderly who are the most vulnerable segment of our society.

He stressed that the guidelines has been set as a minimum set of standard that people have to obey so that places of worship can operate safely nationwide.

He added that the guidelines that has been set was done in conjunction with religious leaders around the country and should be used as a guide for states to follow.

He noted that due to the nature of worship centres which usually have large gatherings, is seen as a place where the virus can easily spread among worshippers.

He said that volunteers around worship centres should be in limited numbers and they should not have an underlying health condition and also they should not be volunteers who have attained the age of 55 years.

He continued by saying that there should be no social gathering either before or after religious services.

He said that those with underlying health condition or people who are 55 years and above are strongly advised to worship at home for their safety.

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He also stated that religious gathering can hold in open air or they should open thier windows for ventilation.

He added that temperature checks should be done at entry points, worshippers must wear face mask, use hand sanitisers and avoid shaking of hands

The National Coordinator concluded that it is the responsibility of religious leaders and state government to make their people adhere to these guidelines for the sake of safety and limiting the spread.

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