By Emeka Obi
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Saturday directed churches in the state to commence full activities after relaxing the COVID-19 lockdown imposed in the state.
The governor, however, made the wearing of face masks by residents especially worshippers in the state compulsory as well as strict adherence to World Health Organisation (WHO) stipulated guidelines.
Obiano announced the relaxation of the lockdown in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday evening.
Recall that the governor had earlier imposed restriction in religious activities in the state as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
He stated that while intercity movement restriction has been lifted, all boundary points into the state will remain closed to travellers.
According to him, “With regards to religious groups, leaders of the church should ensure that worshippers comply with the standards protocols of COVID-19 which includes wearing of face masks to church, use of hand sanitizers, social distancing and regular washing of hands.
“Church leaders should decide how best to conduct mass and service in strict adherence to the principles of social distancing to ensure that worshippers are not endangered. Please note that there should be no crusades and vigils for the time being.”
Governor Obiano also directed food and drug markets across the state to open for businesses.
He added, “I will meet with market leaders on Monday, 27th April, for further discussion. When to re-open the schools as well as when civil servants will be allowed to go back to offices will be announced soon.”