CLOUDS OVER WHETHER PLACES OF WORSHIP would reopen soon, in Lagos State, has been cleared by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday.  At the fifteenth update on Coronavirus management in the State, he announced the indefinite suspension of the planned reopening of places of worship and event centers.

Sanwo-Olu said it was not a light decision, and would require careful ongoing evaluation of evolving scenarios by government, due to the course the infection in the State is taking, and the corresponding public health advisory guidelines issued by experts.

“So, let me say this again: we are now hereby suspending, with immediate effect, the plan to re-open religious houses and places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and continue to base our decision-making on data modelling; as well as on the responsibility we have to act in a manner that ensures the protection of all of you the people of Lagos State.

“Let me make this clear, that we are now fully in the phase of personal responsibility, regarding this pandemic. This means that, while the Government maintains its responsibility to take protective decisions for the common good, what will ultimately save us all and defeat this virus are the sensible personal decisions that we take on a daily basis.

“Decisions to use masks anytime you are out of your house, to avoid non-essential travel, to stay at home when we don’t have any business being outside, to wash or sanitize our hands regularly – these are the simple but necessary steps that will save and protect us all.”

As a government, Sanwo-Olu said, his team will continue to do everything in its power to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people, but that can only be effective when the people themselves act responsibly and do not behave in a manner that undermines public health guidelines and puts the society at risk.