Borno Lifts Lockdown, Asks Mosques, Churches To Reopen


The Borno state government has suspended indefinitely the lockdown imposed on the state to check the spread of coronavirus.

Umar Kadafur, deputy governor and chairman of the state COVID-19 response committee, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

Also relaxed is the ban on religious gatherings, but the government urged strict guidelines on maintaining physical distancing in mosques and churches.

However, the statement said that the ban on Eid prayers are still in force.

Kadafur said that stringent measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus “yielded the desired results”, as the state has made significant progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevertheless he hinted that if the COVID-19 situation worsened, the government would revert to “status quo”.

He said, “Henceforth, Jumma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by the Borno State Council of Ulamas in strict adherence with social distancing and the use of face masks.

“All churches shall conduct church services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno Chapter in strict adherence with social distancing and use of face masks.

“Government has considered the recommendation of the Borno State Council of Ulamas which clearly states that Eid prayers is Sunnah (non obligatory), hence there should be no Eid prayers. Faithfuls should remain at home during the period.”

With regard to funerals, weddings, naming ceremonies, among others, the government limited the number of people allowed at such events to 20.

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