COVID-19: Ogun lifts weekend restriction

Relief came the way of residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as Governor Dapo Abiodun lifted restriction on human and vehicular movement on weekends.
The restriction, which has been inforce for many months back, had affected both commercial and social lives of Nigerians in the state.
Governor Abiodun, who made this known on update by his administration on the pandemic Coronavirus, also announced the opening of worship centres.
He appealed to churches and mosques to strictly adhere to all measures put in place to curb spread of the ravaging pandemic.
The governor, who maintained that limitation on social gathering should not exceed 20 people, disclosed that as at Thursday, there were no fewer than 1, 521 confirmed cases in the state, just as he added that 1,288 persons have been treated and discharged.
“It is of great importance that all stakeholders fully comply with the agreed guidelines, so that, together, we can further flatten the curve of this pandemic.
“All congregants must wear their face masks appropriately, there should be adequate provision of running water, worship centres should be adequately cleaned and decontaminated before and after services. Household bleach solution/equivalent should be adequately prepared for disinfectations, there should be adequate provision and supervision of multiple Veronica Buckets for handwashing (fully automated handwashing machines are preferable), there should be provision of alcohol-based sanitiser which must be used before and after service
“Muslims are to perform ablution at home and go to mosque with their personal praying mats, qualified medical practitioners or trained personnel should check the temperature of worshippers with infrared thermometer before allowing them to enter worship centres; the duration of religious services should not be more than one and a half hours.
“In addition, same duration of one and a half hours must be observed as intervals, where there are multiple services, the use of air-conditioners should be discouraged while worship centres should be well ventilated with the use of fans, there should not be any handshakes/hugs by worshippers, constant sensitisation of COVID-19 and its dangers should be included in sermons and goodwill messages, provision of isolation rooms is mandatory in all worship centres or facilities, while worship centres and facilities with more than 200 worshippers in a given service must seek further clearance with the state government”. the governor stated.
He directed the National Examination Council (NECO)JSS3 students, who have registered for the its Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to return to school from Monday next week.
The BECE Exam organised by the state government according to him will hold at a later date, while entrance examinations into the state boarding schools will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
“As a government, we will continue to monitor events as they unfold. We will be guided by statistics and feedback from the reopening of schools for exit classes and from our health professionals as we deliberate on opening up more sectors of the economy”, Abiodun concluded.

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