Bayelsa relaxes social gathering order, raises number to 200

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has agreed to allow churches with big auditoriums to have not more than 200 members during Sunday services.

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the Chairman of the state Covid-19 Task Force’s sub-committee on churches, Pastor Samuel John-Peters.

Two weeks ago, Diri directed that big churches could accommodate 50 worshippers during services, while small churches could have 20.

John-Peters said churches must ensure that their members observe physical distancing.

He said it was also compulsory for churches to provide hand sanitisers, running water and soaps at their entrances, and ensure the use of face mask by all worshippers.

He, however, said the governor had not given any directive pertaining to midweek activities, but that “the 8pm to 6am curfew is still in force.”

John-Peters advised pastors to strictly comply with the rules and regulations guiding safety under the pandemic.

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