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COVID-19: Adamawa, Zamfara lifts ban on religious gathering

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The Adamawa State Government has lifted the ban placed on religious gathering in the state, to allow religious bodies have their normal worship and services.

Press secretary to Governor Umaru Fintiri, Humwashi Wonosikou, made this known in a statement to journalists on Thursday.

The ban was put in place to checkmate the spread of COVID-19.

In the statement, religious leaders were urged to put in place preventive and precautionary measures in their various worship centres in order to contain the outbreak and spread of the dreaded virus.

He said, “Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has eased the restriction on worship places and social gatherings earlier imposed on the state following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Churches, Mosques and the international cattle markets under lockdown can now reopen.”

Also in Zamfara, the state government has lifted the ban imposed on religious gatherings, but noted that markets are to remain closed.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, who had initially banned mosques and churches from congregating, over the spread of Coronavirus, made the announcement in a statewide radio broadcast on Thursday in Gusau.

He said: “I want to commend the people of the state for supporting government in our effort to frustrate the spread of coronavirus in our dear state by complying with the lockdown orders.

“In the light of this, therefore, we are suspending restrictions on congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches while appealing to people not to converge in large numbers at the same time.”

Matawalle urged the people to continue to observe social distancing, and also wear their face masks at all times, to prevent the spread of the virus.