Following decision to curtail the spread of second wave of COVID-19, some State Government has announced restrictions, renew lockdown, amongst others.
In this development, the Ondo State Government hereby cancelled the cross-over services held in churches between December 31 and January 1 of every year across the state to prevent the virus from spreading.
The government also postponed the resumption of pupils in primary and secondary schools in the state from Monday, January 4, 2021, to January 18, 2021.
The announcement was made through the Chairman of Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, in Akure, on Wednesday.
Fatusi disclosed that the committee had substantial 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.
Similarly, the Ogun State Government has also announced the suspension of street carnivals with restricted attendance to cross-over services, parties and similar gatherings.
Governor Dapo Abiodun also mandated 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 on Wednesday.
Somorin said the directives were issued 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.
“The governor further directed that the all markets are to open strictly between 8am and 4pm while maintaining social distancing.
“Governor Abiodun further directed that religious and worship centres should not exceed 50 per cent of their capacity. All services must also be in compliance with all COVID-19 protocols.
“In order to stem, the spread of the second wave of the disease, Abiodun advised that there should be no gatherings of more than 50 people at any event or ceremonies, such as conferences, congresses, office events, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, cross-over nights, end of year parties, weddings, naming, birthdays, anniversaries, street carnivals until further notice.”