LAGOS, Nigeria – As Lagos state confirm the first case of coronavirus on Friday, Catholic archbishop of the state, Alfred Martins has announced that the church has now suspended handshakes and the use of holy water font as a precautionary method against the deadly disease.
Also, he advised church members to also have hand sanitizers at all times.
“The shaking of hands during the time for the Sign of Peace during Mass is suspended for the time being,” he said.
“During this season of Lent, in order to reduce the number of gatherings in Church to the barest necessary, we encourage people to do Stations of the Cross privately on Wednesdays while public celebrations will take place only Fridays especially as it is often followed by Mass.
“Communion, for the time being, shall be received on the palms. People are encouraged to have Hand Sanitizers handy to be used as and when needed.
“The use of Holy Water fonts in churches and public places should be suspended till further notice. May the Lord deliver us from this plague and all evils.”