The Lagos state government had on Saturday advised that there should be no gathering beyond 50 people across the state, especially on Sundays when churches hold their services.
Reports on social media show that many churches across the state went contrary to this order and officers of the Nigeria Police Force have been spotted in some areas dispersing the crowd in the churches.
A check however revealed that many of the top churches in the state opted for online services.
For instance, the House On The Rock Churches informed members to watch out for the commencement of online services starting from today.
A statement signed by the church’s Senior and Co-pastor, Pastors Paul and Ifeanyi Adefarasin, said:
“In view of the global health crisis posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Lagos State government has proactively issued an official statement prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 50 people in a bid to curb the further spread of the virus. We, at House On The Rock, are in full support of this and committed to doing everything possible to halt the spread of the virus within our community, state and nation.
“Consequently, we are suspending all Church service gatherings, classes, meetings, and programmes at The Rock Cathedral, Lekki and The Rock Chapel, Ikeja until further notice… Our Church services will hold virtually on our various digital platforms from this Sunday, March 22 at 9 am…”
Similarly, the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, under the leadership of Pastor William Kumuyi, has suspended all Sunday services. On a social media platform, the church also suspended Tuesday leadership meeting, including Saturday workers’ meeting, which holds at the Gbagada headquarters, The Guardian reports.