After more than four months of total shut down due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, churches in Lagos State today resumed worship with all of them complying with the stated government guidelines.
Churches in FESTAC Town in Amuwo Odofin area complied with the COVID-19 protocols as they resumed worship .
When AbeyaNews visited some churches in the metropolis , it saw that automated hand wash units and hand sanitiser dispensers, soaps, water and infrared thermometers were provided by the worship centres.
Also, big banners with “No Mask, No Entry” were posted at the doors to prevent worshippers without face masks from entering the church premises.
Social distancing was observed by worshippers with stickers bearing ‘”Do Not Sit” placed on intervening seats to create spaces.
At St. Peter-Claver Catholic Church, Ajao Estate, Isolo, AbeyNews noticed that automatic hand-wash dispensers and wash basins had been built into the wall near the entrance of the church and worshipers were directed by ushers to make use of them as they entered the church premises.
At the main entrance into the church building, an usher stood with a bottle of hand sanitizer and a thermometer in both hands, pouring some of the liquid into palms and reading body temperatures as the faithful queued up to go in and take their seats.
Social distancing was properly maintained, of course, with a pew that contained about 10 persons before the outbreak of Covid-19 now allowed to take only three persons.
At the Living Faith Church, A.K.A. Winners Chapel, Dominion Centre, in FESTAC Town, the Provincial Head, Pastor Alex Aina, said worshippers were excited to resume and, therefore, complied with the guidelines.
Aina said that the church had installed 15 automated hand washing units with soap and automated hand sanitiser dispensers at the entrance and within the church premises.
“Everyone has been cooperative, you can see them with their face masks on,” he said.
He praised the church leadership for providing hand sanitisers and soaps to ensure there would be no shortfall of the provisions.
At the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Kings Royal Palace at FESTAC Town, Pastor Abiodun Oseni, said messages had earlier been sent to members through the church media platforms informing them of the protocols.
Oseni, who is also the Assistant Pastor said: “Also, at the beginning of each service, a message is projected to inform everyone of the protocols.
“Nobody comes in without a face mask. When the service is on, everyone wears theirs and those who use face shields are to also use masks.
“After each service, there’s a decontamination of the hall by the C-19 Squad before the next one commences,” he said.
In all, it was an orderly, safe outing by the faithful in most of the churches AbeyaNews visited in Lagos.
“I wonder why they didn’t give instructions and allowed worship centres to open earlier than now,” a parishioner wondered in a chat with AbeyaNews. “They delay was unnecessary. Churches are more organised than markets.”