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COVID-19: How CAN, Islamic council are working for worship centre reopening



Christan and Muslim bodies under the umbrella of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs have begun work on guidelines, which will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in churches and mosques after the reopening of worship centres in the country.

The apex Islamic and Christian groups in the country, which stated this in an interviews, said the guidelines would be submitted to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for review and advice.

The NSCIA specifically stated that a committee it set up was working on the guidelines.

Also, there were indications on Tuesday that CAN would on Wednesday hold a virtual meeting on guidelines for Christian worship centres.

A top official of the association, who confided in our correspondent in Oyo State, said there would be consultations among blocs in CAN during the online meeting on Wednesday on the issue.

The Director General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, had on Thursday at the press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the Public Transport Owners’ Association of Nigeria had submitted to the NCDC, guidelines to reopen interstate transportation while preventing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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He stated that the agency would review the guidelines and advise the association, whose members were operators of vehicles, popularly known as luxury buses

Ihekweazu, therefore, asked professional groups and faith-based organisations, including churches and mosques, to submit guidelines for reopening to the NCDC to review and advise them.