The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has admonished the ‘sick and too old people’ to henceforth stay away from worship centres.
This was contained as part of the guidelines released by CAN to churches following the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
CAN further appeal to Christians to continue to adhere to laid down protocols by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to curb the spread of the pandemic.
A statement by CAN’s General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola, reads: “Brethren, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has announced the emergence of the second wave of the pandemic. We appeal to all our churches to observe all the COVID-19 protocols which include the following:
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“There should be no entry without facemasks. All worshippers including the worship leaders must wear face masks. There should be no exceptional cases.
“People who are sick or too old should stay at home. There should be temperature screening at every entry point to the Church.
“Ensure adequate ventilation in halls of worship, open windows, and doors for air to circulate in and out freely and if possible avoid the use of air conditioners
“Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers should be provided at point of entries and strategic points within the Church premises.
“Attendance should not exceed 1/3 of the sitting capacity of every Church. Churches can make use of their educational facilities and multi purpose halls to avoid overcrowding in the main church auditorium.
“Church auditorium should be clearly marked such that people sit and maintain two metres distance from each other.”
CAN stated that there should be no form of direct contact and practices such as handshakes as peace signs are discouraged.
The body added that sanitizers should be made available in all the restrooms.