Ogun State Government lifts weekend lockdown as religious activities resume

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File Photo: The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Friday, June 5, 2020.
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Ogun State Government has suspended weekend lockdown in the state, a measure that was part of seceral efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The development was made known by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun while giving an update on the efforts of the his government in combating the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday.

In his explanation, Governor Abiodun explained that he took the decision after thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution with stakeholders in the state.

The Governor disclosed that the decision to lift the weekend lockdown was due to the opening of worship centres for activities, which was announced two weeks ago.

Giving more detail on the status of government regulations in dealing with COVID-19, Abiodun, reiterated that the limitation on social gatherings, which is put at 20 people at any place is still in force in the state.

“…now that our worship centres are open for activities, the restrictions on weekends are lifted, but the limitation on social gatherings not exceeding 20 people at any place at the same time is still very much in force.

“Wearing of face masks in the public is compulsory and failure to do so is punishable.

“Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles. Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and non-adherence attracts sanction.

“Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force i.e. between 10.00pm and 4.00am daily.

“The COVID-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of handwashing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders. Decontamination will continue in our markets and other public places”, he stated.

On regulations pertaining to other sectors, Governor Àbíọdún said the process of reopening Gyms, arcades, swimming pools, barber-shops, spas, beauty salons, public parks and golf courses is in progress.

Eevent centres, bars, casinos, cinemas, and night clubs are still under lockdown, the Governor affirmed.