The Boss Mustapha-led Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 ordered that indoor religious gatherings should be limited to 50% while adhering to all public health standards.
This means that the yearly crossover services hosted by religious organizations across the country are in jeopardy.
This was contained in a statement signed by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and made accessible to journalists on Thursday in Abuja.
It is a time when religious organizations, particularly Christians, assemble to pray and praise their Creator in preparation for the gift of a New Year.
Depending on the religion, the services usually begin a few hours before midnight and last a few minutes after.
The PSC noted that due to the large number of people who attend such events around the country, there has been a decrease in compliance with public health social measures, which has resulted in an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
However, the committee added that if the number of cases increases, it may be forced to impose additional limits.
The statement said in part that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 appreciates the importance of Christmas and New Year celebrations for most Nigerians.
As we prepare to rejoice with our families and loved ones, we must do it securely by taking the required precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our country.