Cross-over: Respect 10pm to 6am curfew, Ben Ayade tells church leaders

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has urged religious leaders in the state to respect the 10pm to 6am curfew in place in the state as churches hold cross-over services on December 31, 2020.

A statement by Mr Ayade’s senior aide on religious matters Bob Etta on Monday also urged church leaders to maintain COVID-19 protocols while holding the services.

Part of the statement reads: “Conscious of the recent rise in number of cases of COVID-19 in the country, and the need to maintain the improved security situation in the state, Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has directed thus:

“The present curfew between 10:00pm – 6:00am is still in place.

“Churches should fix their Cross Over services within the time permitted.

“Churches should enforce the laid down protocols for COVID-19 – wearing of face masks in public worship, washing of hands, and use of hand sanitiser.

“Together, we have a responsibility to keep our state safe, and protect our families.”

A number of states including Lagos, Ogun, and Osun have issued similar directives as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.