By our reporter

The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has, in the spirit of this year’s Easter Celebrations, directed ‘guided’ religious activities to be held across the state.

The governor who announced this today, Thursday, in a Press Statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, urged worshippers to maintain social distancing, personal hygiene as well as ensuring that not more than twenty persons were permitted to worship irrespective of number of members of the church, among other rules.

The statement reads: “In the spirit of the Easter season, Akwa Ibom State Government has approved guidelines for religious activities on Last Supper (Thursday), Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday as follows: all Religious gatherings MUST Not be more than 20 worshipers, including the Pastors and Choir, per church; irrespective of the size of the church.

“Sitting arrangement must be Social Distancing compliant.

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All worshipers must use hand sanitizers at church entrance and wear face masks while in church.

“Infrared thermometers should be used at church entrance doors;

Any worshiper whose body temperature is above 38 degrees Centigrade should promptly be referred to the nearest healthcare facility.

“Worshippers must endeavor to wash their hands with soap and running water before and after Church Service.

“We count on all citizens and residents to cooperate with the state government to ensure we minimize the surge of COVID-19 in our state”

It would be recalled that Governor Udom Emmanuel had last week Thursday, announced a total shutdown in the state for fourteen days, banning every social or religious gathering as a measure to check the spread of coronavirus.

Gov Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom state