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COVID-19: Ogun reopens religious centres, lifts weekend lockdown

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that religious centre may reopen today Friday 14th August subject to agreed guidelines, compliance with the Task Force on COVID-19, which automatically translate to the lifting of the total weekend lockdown in Ogun State.

The Governor disclosed this on his official social platform on Friday, while giving the guidelines for Reopening of religious centres, adding that religious leaders unclear about these conditions are free to approach the Task Force for clarification.

The guidelines goes: wearing of facemasks; observing ablution at home while using personal praying mats in Mosques; provision of running water, alcohol-based sanitizers as well as other handwashing and toilet facilities.

Pre-entry temperature checks by qualified medical personnel; constant COVID-19 sensitisation, amid 2-metre distancing and provision of isolation rooms for use during the maximum one and a half hour services that must be recorded with digital camera for reference purposes.

He further said NECO Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), JS3 students too may, on Monday, 17th August, join their SS3 counterparts who resumed for revision two weeks ago in preparation for their SSCE which begins on Monday. “This is as entrance examinations into Ogun State Boarding Schools will take place on Saturday, 12th September, 2020. This however does not mean we may throw caution to the wind”.

He noted that restrictions relating to the PTF-directed 10pm-4am daily curfew, use of facemasks, distancing, large gatherings (which now permit a maximum of 50 people), restaurants and industries as well as public transportation remain extant. “As we will continue decontaminating public spaces and working on how to reopen gyms and spas”.

He appreciated the frontline workers for their dedication to the fight against this virus, the positive cases of which have witnessed a decline in the last two weeks. “I also appreciate the entire citizenry of Ogun State for their understanding and cooperation during this time”.

As at Thursday, 13th August, 2020, the COVID-19 statistics in Ogun State are: 7,122 screened persons; 1,521 confirmed cases; 1,288 persons treated and discharged; 24 fatalities; while 206 receiving medical attention. Records from the Presidential Task Force indicate that the number of positive cases went down over the last two weeks which does not mean the pandemic has reached its peak.

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