COVID-19 Pandemic: Gombe State Reopens Religious Places of Worship


…Directs civil servants to resume work on Monday 

BY ADEYEMI AKANJI in Gombe – The Gombe State government has said that following broad consultations with stakeholders on the need to review the lockdown in the state, it has decided to review some of the measures put in place by unbanning religious activities with immediate effect. 

Accordingly, congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches are now permitted with a maximum of 20 – 50 participants.

Similarly, the government has reviewed the curfew which is now from 8PM – 6am while 

It however warned that all the worship places must be with strict observance of social/physical distancing and other safety guidelines put in place. The State government equally directed all workers on Grade Level 9 and above to resume work on Monday, May, 18 2020.

These were contained in a statewide broadcast by the State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, who said that all other measures such as the closure of schools, border closure, ban on intra- and inter-state travels, ban on commercial motorcycles, and the compulsory use of facemasks in public places are to remain in place.

Governor Yahaya further declared; “We shall continue to review the situation as it unfolds. Our objective is to tame the spread of the virus and at the same time minimise the economic hardship brought about by those restrictions.

“Our palliative efforts will soon commence, targeting 66,570 households across the 2218 polling units in the entire State.

“While counting on your support and cooperation, our special thanks to individuals, corporate organisations, frontline health workers, State Taskforce and all relevant stakeholders for their assistance & sacrifice. Together, we shall overcome this.

“As of today, Gombe State has recorded 124 confirmed cases of #Covid19. So far, we have recorded only one death and 87 recoveries while 36 cases are still under isolation,” the governor enthused. 

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