COVID-19: Ogun Churches Resume Physical Services on a Promising Note
Mosques and Churches in Ogun state have resumed physical services on a promising note, with many of them observing basic social distancing protocols in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is coming four months after they were shut in line with the state directives in compliance with social distancing to checkmate further spread of the virus.
The state Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun, had on July 29, announced that the worship centres would be opened as from Aug 14.
Our reporter gathered that Churches was on Sunday held with an impressive turn out of worshipers.
Churches in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, reopened with most complying with the protocols to check the spread of the virus.
In some of the churches visited, automated hand washing units, hand sanitisers and infrared thermometers were deployed by the churches.
Many churches also displayed the bold inscription, ” No Mask No Entry, ” at entrances, with officials taking the temperature of worshipers wearing facemasks.
Social distancing was observed by worshipers with stickers to show distance spacing.
At the Divine Universal Churches Of Christ International Itedo Ayo, Oke Berger Idi Mango Oke Ata Abeokuta, Rev. Dr. Olayiwola Mercy said it was regrettable that a government can close down worship centers though pandemic does not tell one that is coming, we have been expecting them to open churches because church is easy to be controlled than market.
Rev Mercy hinted that "It was when they open market that we have been expecting Government to open churches, that they now open today, we are so happy but the guidelines given , I don't think it is easy to follow those guidelines, most especially the pastor that are still coming up, it will be difficult for them to follow the guidelines some pastors during Covid-19 find it difficult to feed themselves, at least I sent money to 45 pastors, he revealed.
He lamented that the guidelines are very difficult, saying that no guidelines given to politicians most especially on the rally in Edo, they go to campaign, no social distancing, no social distancing in kashamu's burial, thousand of people are always at the rally, adding that plenty people witnessed Aba kyari burial, But when it comes to church and mosque they refused to open them on time.
His words "It really affected, we are just beginning to start again, many churches will lose 70 percent of its crowd, look at lagos , they opened last week, not everybody went to church, it has really weakened interest of people, we are just going to start evangelism again, we will calling people to come."
He added that CAN executive locked us down. If am a member of them i will say once they dont lock down hospital they cant lock down churches, they can lock churches, hospital is meant for medical, church is meant for spiritual.
"we are talking about spiritual thing. CAN didn't suppose to agree with the government to lock down churches, they will say they will not allow crowd instead of agreeing with them to lockdown."
"suppose to agree on using on face masks. They sold Christian pastor to enrich them selves, none of them can say they don't collect money from government to close down churches."
"I support the guidelines, but I pity all pastors. Who can do it, he concluded."