House on the Rock says not yet open for in-person services
Following the recent statement released by the Lagos State Government authorities announcing the partial lifting of restrictions on religious places of worship regarding physical gatherings, the House On The Rock Church said its premises situated at Lekki, Lagos is not yet open for in-person services.
“While it is our heartfelt desire that the Church is able to fellowship physically once again, the welfare and safety of our parishioners and all who attend our services at The Rock Cathedral remain our utmost priority,” the church said in a statement on Saturday.
Religious centres in Lagos, including churches, were closed in April as a part of the measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Lagos State Government announced on August 1 that churches can reopen on August 9 but in strict compliance to specific guidelines.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that churches whose main worship days fell on Saturdays, were permitted to hold their services on Saturdays, subject to the same guidelines as churches holding services on Sundays.
He said that the religious houses were to open to only at 50 per cent of their capacity.
”Places of Worship in Lagos State will be allowed to open from Friday the 7th of August for our Muslim worshippers, and Sunday the 9th of August for Christian worshippers.
”We must reiterate that places of worship are only permitted to have their regular once-a-week services on the designated days.
”For the avoidance of doubt, churches and mosques are not permitted to have other services or fellowships outside of their main weekly services.
House On The Rock Church said it is reviewing our “logistics processes to ensure the well-being of all who will be on the premises when we resume in-venue services. Until then, we will continue to hold our Church services, meetings and classes on our online platforms.”