As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the daily increasing case of the dreaded virus, the Ogun State Government has refused to open schools and places of worship. The State government, headed by the governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, had on Friday set up a committee to map out guidelines for a safe reopening of schools. You will recall that her Lagos counterpart has announced August 3rd for school resumption for JSS 3 and SSS 3. The objective of the Ogun State Government, for now, is to also “allow certificate classes to resume and write their examinations,” but added that all schools are to remain shut for now. Governor, Dapo Abiodun stated that the data on COVID-19 “continue to indicate that the fight against the virus is far from being won,” and therefore can “neither afford more fatalities nor allow the rate of sickness to outnumber the capacity to manage the sick.”
Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said in a statement in Abeokuta that as at Friday, 4,072 people have been tested out of which 898 were positive. Six hundred and nine of the cases have been successfully treated and discharged while 19 people have died, leaving 270 active cases. The Government extended the present phase of eased restrictions for another two weeks. As a result, Monday to Friday are still open for businesses and other economic transactions with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days. See details below:
- Commercial activities are not permitted on weekends
- Churches and mosques activities will remain closed;
- Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00 pm and 4.00 am daily;
- Wearing of face masks in the public is still mandatory;
- 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 the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our State is still in force;
- 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;
- Limitation of all gatherings to a maximum number of 20, is still in force;
- Gyms, event centers, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, nightclubs, swimming pools, barber-shops, spas, beauty Salons, and all public parks, including those in private residential estates, are still not allowed to operate;
- Restaurants are permitted to provide only take-away services and should also ensure that there are no more than 10-15 customers at a time with physical distancing measures in place. Guidelines for eat-in services are still being fine-tuned;
- All industries in Ogun State must continue to comply with the “Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Workplaces in Ogun State to Combat COVID-19” as issued by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investments. Therefore, testing of staff for COVID-19 in all industries in the State must be sustained;
- The Task Force set up to conduct random spot checks on the premises of the industries, restaurants, and other business enterprises to confirm compliance is still in operation.
Other precautionary measures still in force in Ogun State are:
- Funerals and wedding gatherings should not exceed 20 persons, including family members and officiating ministers/priests;
- Restrictions are still on sports and recreational activities;
- Bank/Financial Institutions are to continue their normal operations as allowed in phase two.
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