Sani Aliyu, National Co-ordinator of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned worshippers against kissing, hugging or shaking of hands in a new set of guidelines concerning religious gatherings.
Aliyu who made this known at the PTF Tuesday briefing stated that persons above 55 years should conduct their worship at home instead of risking their lives at churches or mosques.
“Worshippers are advised not to touch each other in a manner such as hugging, shaking, kissing etc.
“Families are advised to stay together during the worship services.
“Church/mosque volunteers (ushers, choir, security etc.) that have underlying illnesses should not be allowed to serve.”
The PTF National Coordinator advised that churches who have many members should conduct 3 or more services while adhering to the social distancing guidelines.
“Such churches/mosques should have a break of at least 30mins between the services to allow worshippers wash their hands or to disinfect the centers.
Worship centers should have different entry and exit points.
“Business outlets at worship centers should remain closed.
“The elderly above 55 are advised to observe their worship services at home.
“Windows should be left open during services, as it’s more dangerous to hold services in enclosed places.
“Open-air services are preferable.
“Worshippers with COVID19 symptoms should not go to places of worship.
“Persons identified with high temperature after a temperature check should be turned back.”