Just In: Ogun State re-opens Worship Centers
Ogun State Government has ordered the reopening of worship centres in the state after more than three months of closure due to COVID-19.
Governor Dapo Abiodun made this announcement while briefing newsmen the level of progress the state has made in combating and contain the virus in the state.
He is said the decision to open worship centres in the state was reached after making consultations with different state holders in the state.
The Governor said;
“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 as indicated in my last address.”
“This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.”
“The Committee includes the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); the League of Imams and Alfas and Government representatives.”
“I am delighted to note that reports reaching us indicate varying but encouraging level of preparedness by the Worship Centres.
“Therefore, today, Friday, 14th August is hereby confirmed for the commencement of operations of the Worship Centres, subject to the guidelines.”
The Governor, however, advised all stakeholders to abide by all safety protocols as they begin to welcome members back to their places of worship.
He also added that wearing of face mask in public is compulsory and must be adhered to. He enjoined the Ogun State COVID-19 task force in the state to continue its efforts in ensuring that the protocols are followed day.
Wearing of face masks in the public is compulsory and failure to do so is punishable.
“Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles. Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and non-adherence attracts sanction.
The COVID-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of handwashing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders. Decontamination will continue in our markets and other public places.”
“Let me say that now that our worship centres are open for activities, the restrictions on weekends are lifted, but the limitation on social gatherings not exceeding 20 people at any place at the same time is still very much in force.
“Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00 pm and 4.00 am daily.”
Ogun State currently has a total case of 1521: 209 active cases, 1,288 discharged persons and 28 deaths so far.