Presiding Bishop of Winners Chapel (or Living Faith Church Worldwide), David Oyedepo, has mocked the federal government over the guidelines set-up by the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on worship centres.
The Nigerian government through the presidential task force on COVID-19 gave a list of guidelines on places of worship must meet before being permitted to operate.
Dr Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the task force in a briefing on Tuesday, June 2, said places of worship that fail to comply with these measures should not be allowed to operate by state governments.
Below is a list of the guidelines released by the task force:
1. Worship centres will only be permitted to operate for a maximum of one hour each time they meet.
2. Churches and mosques are only allowed to operate between 5 am and 8 pm daily.
3. Islamiya schools, Sunday schools, night vigils, and children classes are to remain suspended.
4. Worshippers must sanitise their hands before entry.
5. All worshippers are required to wear a face mask as part of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
6. Worshippers must have temperature checks before entry.
7. Places of worship must be structured to ensure observation of physical distancing by members.
8. The capacity of the facility should be limited to allow physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.
9. Facilities should use markings to guide distancing and people from the same household should be encouraged to stay together.
10. Discourage all close contacts including shaking hands, hugging, sharing prayer mats, musical organs, microphones etc.
11. Windows should be left open during services and preferably use open-air facility as much as possible.
12. Vulnerable people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases to are advised to at home.
However, Oyedepo is seen in a video saying ” Police will now go to churches and be asking how old are you? churches must have thermometers, do they have thermometers in the markets”?
Very soon *Bishop Oyedepo* will trend on Twitter again.
— Toba Adedeji (@Tobadejii) June 6, 2020