Covid- 19: No procession during palm Sunday, only five persons during mass/service – Etta

By Elijah Ugani – Calabar

As the world continue to contend the pandemic virus codenamed Civid- 19, the Cross River State government has maintained that on no account should any church hold procession during the palm Sunday, which according to the catholic calendar is billed for 5the of March, 2020.

In a release signed by the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Father Bob Etta and made available to THELUMINENEWS indicates that only 5 persons are permitted per time to attend the palm Sunday masses/services.

The release reads in part “His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade KSJI the Governor of CRS, the Hon. Commissioner for Health and indeed the COVID 19 Response team in CRS wishes to thank CAN CRS for the great co-operation shown thus Far in the fight against Coronavirus in our dear State. We are grateful that your efforts has kept our State Coronavirus free today.

“His Excellency wishes to remind us that these last days are critical therefore:

1. For Masses/ Services tomorrow Palm Sunday only 5 persons are permitted.

2. No Processions are not permitted tomorrow. Social distancing of 3 meters is still in Place.

3. Since the Church is first a Family, we are encouraged to hold our religious services in our homes and Pray for the wellbeing of our State and Nation.

4. Remember to wear a Mask when going out.

5. May God save our State from the scourge of this pandemic and Bless us All”

Fr. Bob B. Etta
Snr. Special Adviser
Religious Matters.


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