The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended Sunday services in all churches in Adamawa State.
The association also suspended revivals, vigils, crusades and all such gatherings that attract more than 50 worshippers.
The State Chapter of CAN which issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the outbreak of coronavirus and what it expects of members to guide against the virus said only small unit meetings of no more than 50 people which normally take place on days other than Sunday could be encouraged.
The statement from CAN, which was signed by state CAN Chairman, Bishop Stephen Mamza, said, “The pace at which the Corona Virus is spreading calls for collaboration and unity of purpose in the struggles for curtailing the further spread and the far-reaching damages of the disease.
“As a Church, therefore, we shall comply fully with the directives of the state authorities in curbing the spread of the Virus. This will definitely affect our faith-based practices, yet while keeping in mind the sacred responsibilities of our faith and practices, we immediately call on you dear brethren to cooperate maximally with the relevant Government agencies in their efforts and measures towards the welfare of the citizenry in the face of this killer disease.
“We encourage smaller units of congregational assemblies of 50 people only. We recommend the suspension of Sunday Services and Masses until further notice.
“The Faithful are encouraged to continue with private devotions in their respective homes.
Crusades, conventions, revivals, vigils are hereby suspended until further notice.”
CAN joined other authorities to advise against handshake and to encourage social distancing, saying, “We urge Christians to suspend the sign of peace, which involves handshaking and hugging in some Churches and outside churches. We encourage the recommended social distance of one meter or three feet.
“Burials should be restricted to only the close family members of the deceased. Weddings and social celebrations should be suspended until the situation comes under control.”
CAN asked that only outings which are strictly necessary are undertaken.
It stated, “We encourage people to please stay at home and go out only when necessary. Prevention is better than cure!”