The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Saturday, issued guidelines for the reopening of religious centres across the country.
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The agency has asked churches and mosques to shut toilets and sales outlets to members for now.
The NCDC also advised children and persons aged 60 and above to avoid worship centres.
This comes after the federal government lifted the ban on religious gatherings imposed to check the spread of coronavirus.
According to The PUNCH, guidelines posted on NCDC website said before reopening, religious houses should fumigate their auditoriums, car parks and other buildings, by wiping all surfaces with a disinfecting agent.
The centre also said windows and doors must be opened to enable airflow during services, while adequate provision should be made for soap, running water and hand sanitisers at entry points.
“There should be no entry without face masks; provide disposable face masks where practicable.
“To help educate on COVID-19, it is recommended for places of worship to have preventive messages from NCDC posted at entry points and around places of worship.
“Holy communion should be packaged in disposable wraps. Drinking water points, public toilets and sales outlets must be closed for now,” NCDC said.
It warned that ablution should be done at home, and worshippers should be wary of sharing kettles and any personal items.
“Religious leaders must maintain two metres when praying or counselling and avoid body contact with members. Places of worship should be free of carpets and rugs to allow easy disinfection of the floor.
“Places of worship must open only between 5am and 8pm. Choristers are to go home with their robes; hijabs are not to be shared; attendance in every service should not exceed one-third of sitting capacity of the auditorium to enable physical distancing. All other members should join the service virtually,” it further said.
It discouraged shaking of hands, hugging and all physical contacts for the time being.