The government of the state of Ondo canceled the crossing service on Wednesday, which should be held at midnight on January 1, 2021, in churches across the country, due to the fear of the second wave of COVID-19 in the state.
The government has also postponed the resumption of student work in primary and secondary schools from Monday, January 4, 2020, to January 18, 2020.
Chairman of the State Inter-Ministerial Committee for Coronavirus Ondo, prof. Adesegun Fatusi made the statement while talking to reporters in Akure, the state capital. He said the government’s decision was to prevent the second wave of the virus from spreading across the state.
According to him, the committee had extensive interaction with various stakeholders, physically and virtually, due to the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.
He said the state is working diligently to ensure it does not record any significant cases during the second wave of the pandemic, asking people to pay due attention and follow the precautions taken to protect them.
Fatusi said, “No church service organized on the occasion of the New Year celebration should exceed 22 hours until further notice, in accordance with the federal government’s curfew directive.
“The government and business offices will continue to open in strict compliance with COVID-19 precautions; no primary or secondary school in the country will continue until January 18, 2021, the markets will continue to operate, but with increased enforcement of COVID-19 precautions.
“Nightclubs and places to relax are not allowed to work after 10pm; excursions can work outdoors and adhering to the COVID-19 protocol; while all those over the age of 60 or those who already have a serious illness (s) are warmly recommended to remain incarcerated and to separate from joining any social gathering. “
Fatusi, who is also vice chancellor at Ondo University of Medical Sciences, said the government would begin strictly monitoring all guidelines, adding that it would also continue to interact with religious leaders, market associations, the media, unions, and other key stakeholders in fighting the pandemic.
The chairman said that enforcement will begin by January 1, 2021, and strict enforcement of the law leading to the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the state will also begin that day.
“The law provides for a prison sentence of three months or a fine of N20,000 or both for the perpetrators,” he said.