Oyo State Government has insisted that religious worship centres must ensure that cross-over services this weekend and subsequent services in the new year were run with only 25 per cent crowd capacity.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Olabode Ladipo, who spoke with The Nation on Wednesday, explained that the state has not changed COVID-19 regulations for residents in the state in order to keep everyone safe during and after the Yuletide.
Ladipo said the state rolled out the regulations since early 2021 to guide activities of residents and worship centres, stressing that they have not changed as new COVID-19 wave emerge.
He stressed that keeping social distancing, wearing of masks and washing of hands are effective ways to prevent infection as people go about their normal businesses.
“We are still keeping the protocols as they are. People should ensure social distancing. Worship centres should hold service with only 25 per cent capacity. The protocols are still in force.
“We have also spoken strongly of social distancing, face masks and washing of hands. We have not changed the regulations.
“People will do better if they understand that this is a fast-spreading virus. It will be good if we comply with those regulations. That is where we are,” Oladipo said.