The Christian crossover night usually celebrated on midnight of December 31st by Christians has been restricted to 10pm in Cross River State because of COVID-19 curfew.
In a statement titled “RE: DEC 31st CROSS OVER VIGIL SERVICE”, signed by Fr. Bob B. Etta,
Senior Special Adviser Religious Matters and distributed to Chairman CAN, Heads of Blocks, Heads of Churches and Religious leaders, the government ordered Christians to be mindful of the current curfew imposed by the state government.
The statement added, “Conscious of the recent rise in number of cases of COVID-19 in the country, and the need to maintain the improved security situation in the State, His Excellency Sir Ben Ayade the Governor of Cross River State has directed thus:
“The present curfew between 10:00pm – 6:00am is still in place. Churches should fix their Cross Over services within the time permitted. Churches Should enforce the laid down protocols for COVID-19.”
He said wearing of face mask in public worship, washing of hands, use of hand sanitizer and regular observance of social distancing should not be compromised.
“We have a responsibility to keep our State safe, and protect our families. Thanks to the Christian Association of Nigeria for the great support in this fight. Wishing you and your families a new year full of God’s blessings,” Fr Etta stated