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Ogun finally reopens mosques, churches

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OGUN State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has given the green light on reopening of all worship centres in the state.

The governor who also lifted the ban on lockdown in the state said the decision was taken after thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution with stakeholders.

The lifting of the ban on worship centres came after several months of restriction on religious centres in the state.

Speaking on the efforts of the government in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, the governor in his update emphasised that only observing coronavirus protocols can help sustain the momentum of containing the spread.

He urged worshipers to use facemask, maintain social distancing and comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

According to the governor, Muslims are expected to go to the mosques with their separate mats and perform ablutions from their homes.

The governor explained that he took the decision after after painstaking deliberation and consultation.

He further directed all worship centres to monitor the temperature of worshippers and provide them with hand sanitizer.

Abiodun urged religious leaders to comply with the directive and work with the state government in smoothing the curve of COVID-19 in the state.

The governor also relaxed the weekend lockdown which has always been in place for months in the state, urging residents to maintain the usual practice of not having social gathering of more than 20 persons.

The governor also disclosed that JSS 3 students in the state should be resuming on Monday, August 18, to prepare for their examination.

“Let me say that 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.”

Continuing, “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 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 per cent limitation on their carrying capacity and non-adherence attracts sanction. “

He directed that COVID-19 task force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of handwashing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders, while adding that decontamination will continue in the markets and other public places.

The governor emphasised the need for religious centres to strictly follow COVID-19 measures and guidelines, while warning that any worship centre that fails to follow all the guidelines would be sanctioned appropriately.

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