The Borno State Government says it is reopening mosques and churches in the state after a three-week lockdown because the purpose of the lockdown has been achieved.
Deputy Governor and State Chairman, COVID-19 Response Committee, Usman Kadafur stated this in a Wednesday night statement.
Recall that the lockdown was imposed in April after the state recorded its index case.
However, Kadafur explained that the state government would not hesitate to reinstate the lockdown if the situation worsened.
The deputy governor added that the use of face masks has become compulsory for residents appearing in public to curb the spread of the virus.
He said, “The lockdown is being suspended indefinitely to study the situation for the time being, however, where the situation escalates, the government should revert to the status quo.
“The use of facemasks by the public be made mandatory and enforcible.
“Government, traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders, and opinion leaders should enforce social distancing, especially in public gatherings/worship places.
“Henceforth, Juma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by Borno State Council of Ulamas in strict adherence with the social distancing and the face mask.
“All churches shall conduct church services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Borno Chapter in strict adherence to social distancing and use of facemasks.”
However, the Borno state government said civil servants from Gralde Level 1 – 12 were to continue working from home until further notice.