Christians in Osun State has gotten approval to have their regular cross overnight service that usually comes up on the last day of the year across the globe.
The Osun State Government had earlier said that there will not be a cross-over service in the state as one of its measures to forestall the spread of the COVID19 pandemic in the state.
However the Christian Association of Nigeria, Osun State discussed with the state to reconsider its decision on the barn placed on the vigil which was later considered by the state government.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode.
The statement titled, ‘Covid-19: Osun gives fresh directives on Crossover Service’.
It reads in part, “the commissioner said the government’s sensitivity to the mood of the season has necessitated a review of its earlier position”.
“The Government of the State of Osun has decided to allow cross over religious gatherings, But any organisation holding cross over service must note that they are expected to close the service early and everyone must be off the streets by1:00 amm”, Egbemode said.
“Security operatives have been given the directive to enforce this guideline. Religious bodies and citizens are therefore advised to comply because we do not want anyone to spend the first day of the year in police custody”.
While emphasising on the commitment of the state in protecting the interest of her citizen and combatting the spread of the virus. The state has directed that all religious homes that will be having it’s cross-over nights too on operating in half the capacity of their worship centres and their religious homes.
“Also, the leadership of religious bodies must ensure strict adherence to safety protocols, which include accommodating only per content capacity of their normal attendance, ensuring social distancing, use of nose mask or face fields by participants, avoidance of sharing materials and instruments and avoidance of any other action that can help the virus to spread.”