Christmas: Nigerians in Qatar adhered strictly to COVID-19 protocols, says President

A passenger's body temperature is being tested at the gate of entry upon arrival at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos, on March 2, 2020. - Nigeria is monitoring 58 people who had contact with an Italian man infected with the new coronavirus, the health minister said Monday, as officials scrambled to stop the disease spreading. Africa's most populous country on Friday confirmed the first case of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa after the patient was diagnosed in the economic hub Lagos. (Photo by BENSON IBEABUCHI / AFP) (Photo by BENSON IBEABUCHI/AFP via Getty Images)

By Fortune Abang
Abuja, Dec. 27, 2020 Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation-Qatar (NIDO-Qatar) strictly adhered to COVID-19 protocols, as a means of staying safe during the Christmas celebrations, NIDO-Qatar President Mr Victor Ikoli has said.
“Most of the religious activities held in churches did not exceed 30% of the capacity, based on occupancy of 9m2 per person at any location. Individuals cancelled the usual elaborate Christmas party and focused on family dinner and it is expected to be the same for New year.
“For the New Year watch night, most people will stay at home and observe the service online as well as the first religious service of 2021,” Ikoli said.
Speaking in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, in Abuja, Ikoli said people were aware that Christmas and New Year this year would be different, so they should celebrate the season without being exposed to COVID-19.
“Nigerians kept it simple at home or outdoor events, set up hand sanitizer stations at all entrances or exits, in the kitchen and in the bathrooms. Everyone is encouraged to wear face masks or to be given freely at social gatherings,” he added.
“The key to the safe and healthy planning of Christmas and New Year at COVID-19 is to keep the safety protocols as intimate as possible. Let it be a simple family celebration, not the usual big gathering at this time of year.
“In Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health currently recommended on the number of worshippers at religious gatherings, guests allowed at social gatherings, the fewer people you invite, the less risk you pose to your guests or worshippers.
He noted that most people in Qatar did not just consider the location of social gatherings, but the duration of such gatherings, as well as the number of guests, before venturing into it.
As for those who attended outdoor gatherings, Ikoli said they considered all precautionary measures, before stepping out.
Naija247news reports that NIDO-Qatar is a voluntary Non-Governmental Organisation of Nigerian professionals and entrepreneurs living in Qatar.

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