…orders workers to stay at home till January 4
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State today suspended street carnivals, crowded cross-over night service, parties and similar gatherings in the state.
This followed the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country.
The governor also directed civil servants and other government workers in the state to proceed on Christmas and New Year holiday beginning tomorrow.
Mr Kunle Somorin, chief press secretary to the governor, disclosed these in a statement after a meeting between the state government and religious leaders from the League of Imams, the Christian Association of Nigeria and community leaders.
The governor said the new development was part of the measures and guidelines for public health as the state prepares for a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
He directed all schools to remain closed until January 18, 2021, while all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event and recreational centres in the state have also been closed down indefinitely.
Similarly, all markets are to open strictly between 8am and 4pm daily while maintaining social distancing and observing all COVID-19 protocols including the use of mask, provision of hand sanitizer and/or hand-washing equipment at every strategic point within their malls, shops, business premises, etc.
Specifically, 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.
The statement read: ”In order to stem, the spread of the second wave of the disease, Gov. 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, etc until further notice.”
Governor Abiodun called on motorcycle (okada), tricycle, bus, car, taxi and other transport operators not to carry passengers above 50 percent of their capacity, in compliance with social distancing rules.
However, the governor urged citizens to celebrate in moderation but wished them merry Christmas and prosperous 2021.