The Federal Government on Tuesday said religious worship centres have been identified as a major potential avenue for the spread of the. COVID-19 pendemic.
The government, through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 stated this while reeling out guidelines for the reopening of churches and mosques in the country.
While reeling out the guidelines, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Aliyu Sani, said Nigerians above the age of 55 are advised to stay in their homes to worship and not go to churches or mosques, as the nation reopens religious centres after they were closed down for months in the aftermath of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The task force added that federal government informed the decision not to be in a hurry to reopen the worship centers.
According to Sani, the guidelines released are for the various state governments in the country to follow as the baseline for their specific modalities for the reopening of churches and mosques.
The PTF also asked those with health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, among others to stay away from worship centers, noting that the advice was necessary because places of worship have been recognised as a major avenue of potential spread of Coronavirus.
According to the PTF, the guidelines were released for states to follow in discussions with religious leaders before the reopening of churches and mosques for worshippers, adding that the protocols made available would be the baseline which the states are not expected to go below while firming up agreement with religious leaders.