The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has advised churches in the territory to heed the COVID-19 protocols given the crossover night service.
Mr. Ikharo Attah, Head, Media and Public Enlightenment of FCT COVID-19 Task Force made this known on Wednesday at a news conference in Abuja.
Attah also disclosed that a combined team of the task force will patrol the city to ensure compliance during the services.
He emphasized the need for worshippers to support the decision of government as it would lead to improved safety and security of citizens.
He stated that ‘as enforcement team that takes directive from the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, we are working in collaboration with leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels and league of Imams.’
“We have discussed with religious leaders the need to obey the COVID-19 protocols, so all those who will be engaging in crossover night worship service must adhere strictly to the guidelines’, he added.
Attah urged leaders to ensure that members put on their face masks, maintain social distancing, and a wash hand basin or sanitizer should be made available.
To avoid overcrowding, Attah said worshippers could join the program through online platforms.
Anyone that refuses to comply with the protocol will be brought before the court for prosecution while centers that flout the guideline will be shut down.