Ogun State Governor Suspends Plan to Reopen Churches and Mosques

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State had earlier announced his plan to reopen mosques and churches on June 19 and June 21 respectively. However, the Governor had suspended his previous plan due to the low compliance with the guidelines by residents and citizens and also the doubling of the infection rate in the state.

He said, “We are consequently suspending our initially slated reopening of places of worship. Let me thank some of our religious leaders who by themselves advised us that this is the best decision that we should take at this time in the best interest of all of us.

“This is not an easy decision, but we are confident that the wisdom and scientific basis for this decision will become clearer to those who may have initial misgivings about it.”

The Governor also reiterated the existing guidelines in the state as follows: “All five working days in the week (Monday to Friday) are still opened for businesses and other economic transactions with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days;

“Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00pm and 4.00 am daily;

“Restrictions on Interstate travel are still in force;

“Wearing of face masks in the public is still mandatory;

“Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles. We observed that okada (motorcycles) are breaking this law and we will not hesitate to ban all motorcycles from operating in our State if our resolve is further put to test;

“Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our state is still in force;

“The COVID-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of hand washing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders;

“Decontamination will continue in our markets and other public places;

“Limitation of all gatherings to a maximum number of 20, is still in effect.”

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