Churches in Osun State on Sunday observed an hour service duration after the state opened for congregational worship for the first time since March 31, when the state government announced a total lockdown of the state to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Some churches within the Osogbo metropolis, observed that they kept to an hour service duration that religious leaders in the state had agreed with the government.
They also adhered to social distancing in their sitting arrangements, while worshippers used nose masks.
Although all the churches visited provided water and soap with sanitisers for worshippers to wash their hands before entering the halls, many of them, especially small churches did not use thermometers to check the temperature of worshippers before they were allowed in.
At Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Oke Odo, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church both in Osogbo, worshippers were made to wash their hands and use sanitisers before entering the church.
Also at the State Headquarters of Living Faith Church, Oke Oniti, Osogbo, as well as The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Osun Province 1 headquarters, Ogo Oluwa, Osogbo, thermometers were used to check the temperature of worshippers before they were allowed in the church.
When contacted, the Chairman of the Monitoring Committee, Rev Clement Fayemi, explained that out of the twenty-five churches visited within Osogbo, twenty-three of them used thermometers to check the temperatures of worshippers.
He said others that were yet to get the gadget promised to get it as soon as possible.
“We visited about 25 churches and out of the number, 23 of them have everything the government asked us to get, including infrared thermometers,” he said.