Yes, mosques open in Nigeria’s Kwara state

Muslim Friday prayers, known as juma’at and juma’ah, would resume in Nigeria’s north-central state of Kwara on 19 June 2020, according to a Facebook post from 16 June.

“Breaking: Juma’at prayers to begin in Kwara Friday,” it reads.

On 26 March the state government ordered all mosques and churches closed as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

Kwara recorded its first death from coronavirus infection on 9 May. By 23 June, the state had 200 confirmed cases and six deaths.

But have mosques in the state been allowed to reopen?

All Kwara places of worship may open

On 17 June, the Kwara state government posted on its Facebook and Twitter pages that “mosques and churches can open and may be attended by persons of all ages and genders but with strict adherence to all safety protocols”. 

It added that places of worship may open if they adhere to safety protocols established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. These include “use of face masks, physical distancing among worshipers, and washing of hands”. – Fatima Abubakar


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