The ONDO state government has canceled church crossing services across the country ahead of the new year.
It also postponed the renewal of schools in the state for Monday, January 18, 2021
The chairman of the State Interministerial Committee for Coronavirus Ondo and the Vice-Rector of the University of Medical Sciences Ondo said in Akure prof. Adesegun Fatusi.
Fatusi pointed out that the state worked diligently to ensure that it did not record any significant cases during the second wave of the pandemic.
According to him, the Committee had intensive interaction with various stakeholders, physically and virtually, due to the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.
He said that “the federal government has determined that schools should be closed by January 18.
“The inter-ministerial committee has decided that the events, as far as the pandemic is concerned, should be monitored. So we want to notice and ensure that there is no active transmission in our system.
“Primary and secondary schools will not continue on January 4, they will continue until January 18. It is a decision regarding schools.
“Regarding religious services, keep in mind that there is a national curfew and that the state is bound by the principles of that curfew.
“Therefore, churches and mosques are not allowed to hold any service after 22:00 in accordance with that curfew.
“Vigilance is still strictly forbidden any day until further notice. Churches and other religious services must work at 50% capacity and adhere to all the measures we have taken to prevent it. The same goes for events, they must adhere to these principles. Our people must celebrate responsibly and celebrate safely.
Other guidelines for it include government and business offices that will continue to open, in strict compliance with COVID-19 precautions; markets will continue to operate, but with increased enforcement of COVID-19 precautions; nightclubs and relaxation areas may not be open longer than 22:00; excursions can work outdoors and adhering to the COVID-19 protocol; while people over the age of 60 or with pre-existing illnesses (s) are warmly advised to stay indoors and not engage in any social gatherings.
Fatusi said the government would “begin to strictly follow all these guidelines, and also, will continue to communicate with religious leaders, market associations, the media, unions and other key stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic.
“By January 2021, the state will begin strict implementation of the law leading to the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the country, stating that the law provides for three months in prison or payment of twenty thousand fines, or both for violators.”
The chairman noted that an effective mechanism for full law enforcement in the state of Ondo will be established, although, among other things, there will be continuous social engagement, public education.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye, appealed to the media to support the government seeing the war against coronavirus as a corporate responsibility and must do everything possible to educate, inform and sensitize the public about its dangers.
States across the country he said “must support the federal government’s determination to stop the spread of the pandemic, as such, it is a collective struggle that requires the contribution of all, domestic and corporate.
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