The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reneged on his plans to reopen places of worship which have remained closed down since the government’s directives on lockdown took effect.
Recall that two weeks ago, Sanwo-Olu had announced the reopening of mosques with effect from June 19, 2020, while churches should be allowed to reopen on June 21.
The initial decision was among a list of measures relaxed after the State had been on lockdown since late March as efforts in curbing the spread of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
However, in a media briefing on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Governor says he is reversing the decision to reopen both Churches and Mosques due to the rising number of new cases recorded in the state.
“We’ve critically had to have a thorough review of where we are as a state and our review indicated that we needed to suspend that attempt quickly,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He added that new dates will be communicated later to the public as the situation develops.
Meanwhile, as of today, Lagos State has remained at the top as the epicentre of the highly infectious disease in Nigeria with 7,319 cases, 43.9% of the country’s total of 16,658