The Province of the Niger, Anglican Communion, has endorsed the social distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Archbishop of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Alexander Ibezim, therefore announced that a ban  had been placed on all the church’s activities in Anambra State that attract  large crowds.

However, Ibezim, who   said this at a press conference in Awka on Saturday,  said worship in the province should not be more than one hour with the recommended population of 30 at a time.
Ibezim said, “Coronavirus has actually terrorised the entire world, but God is still God. He is still in control and rules over the universe.

“We want to appreciate the governor and the  state government for the efforts in combating the deadly disease.

“In line with government’s directives, we want to restate that all actions of the church should be in line with World Health Organisation’s standard.”
 He told  the church to maintain high health standards and clean environment, provide handwashing facilities and educate and enforce strict compliance as well as maintain approved spacing standards of 5-6 feet.

Ibezim  added, ‘‘All church activities  that usually attract large crowds have been suspended until further notice.’’


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