Ogun, Ondo, others renew restrictions, suspend carnivals, cross-over services


The Ondo State Government on Wednesday said it had cancelled the cross-over services in churches across the state, between December 31 and January 1, as part of efforts to curb the spread of second wave of COVID-19.


The government also postponed the resumption of pupils in primary and secondary schools from Monday, January 4, 2021, to January 18, 2021.


The Chairman, Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, said this in Akure, the state capital.


According to him, the committee had extensive interaction with various stakeholders on the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.


Fatusi said, “No church service organised in respect of the New Year celebration must exceed 10pm in line with the Federal Government directive on curfew.


“The government and business offices shall continue to open, with strict compliance of COVID-19 precautionary measures; no primary or secondary school in the state shall resume until 18th of January, 2021, markets shall continue operations but with heightened enforcement of COVID-19 precautionary measures.



“Night clubs and relaxation spots must not operate beyond 10pm; picnics can operate but in open space and adherence to COVID-19 protocols; while anybody above 60 years of age or with existing ailment(s) are strongly advised to remain indoors.”


Fatusi, who is also the Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, said the government would enforce compliance to all the guidelines.


Abiodun restricts attendance to cross-over service


In the same vein, the Ogun State Government on Wednesday announced the suspension of street carnivals, and restricted attendance to cross-over services, parties and similar gatherings.


Governor Dapo Abiodun also directed all civil servants and other government workers to proceed on Christmas and New Year holiday from Thursday, December 24 till January 4, 2021


These were contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin.


The directives were issued on Wednesday after a meeting between the state government and religious leaders, as well as community leaders.


The statement reads partly, “The governor directed that all schools in the state are to remain closed until January 18, 2021, while all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event centres, recreational centres in the state have also been closed down indefinitely.

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