Churches, event centres, others in Rivers review activities over COVID-19
Following the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Churches and event centres in Rivers State have resolved to review their activities to ensure that the virus does not spread and kill more people in the state.
States and Federal Government’s efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus had brought hardship in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and other parts of the state.
During crossover nights in the past, churches, nightclubs, event centres among others, often get busy with activities to usher residents into the New Year.
Ahead of such nights, billboards, posters, flex banners were usually positioned in strategic locations across the city to announce venues and time for the New Year’s events.
But this year’s appears to be different, as The Guardian checks showed that only few adverts had been placed by churches. As at yesterday night, most worship centres were uncertain if they would hold cross-over service following Federal Government’s directives to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Already, Governor Nyesom Wike, who threatened fresh lockdown in the state from January 2021, if residents continue to flout the COVID-19 rules, had ordered the closure of nightclubs until further notice.
Speaking with The Guardian, some clerics said they would hold a brief cross-over service, but would ensure that their congregants keep the COVID-19 rules to avoid closure of their worship centres.
Pastor Joseph Ndu of Christ Resurrection Centre said: “We will hold cross-over service, but we have put measures in place to ensure that all attendees observe the COVID-19 rules.”
Some residents expressed willingness to attend the cross-over service, while others said they would remain indoors and pray with their family members.
Also, a visit to Palyfield Park Events Centre in Rumosi showed low turn out of patronage.
The Guardian, however, sighted sanitisers, buckets of water and washing soap at the entrance and some strategic places at the playground.
The front desk officer, who craved anonymity, said the COVID-19 pandemic affected the business badly, but expressed the hope that the centre would witness improved businesses as from January 1, 2021.
Also, the Africana Events Arena, along Ada George Road, PortHarcourt, witnessed low turn out of customers, as only three persons, who were not wearing face mask during a visit to the arena were seen.
A customer, who gave his name as Emmanuel, lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented crisis in the tourism sector.
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