CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN: OYO AND ANAMBRA GOVT LIFT RESTRICTIONS, ASK SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS TO RESUME

Oyo and Abia state governments on Saturday relaxed curfews and asked residents to resume some of the suspended activities.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, directed civil servants from level 13 and above in the state to resume duty on Monday.

Makinde gave the directive during a press briefing at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

The governor, said only one entrance to the state secretariat would be opened in the meantime.

However, he said food canteens in the secretariat would remain closed and visitors not allowed to the secretariat.

Makinde also relaxed the dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state from 7pm to 5am to enable farmers to access their farms during the planting season.

In addition, he said COVID-19 compliance guidelines would be provided for markets in the state, stressing that “only markets that meet up with the guidelines would be allowed to reopen.”

He said, “The state secretariat will be reopened on Monday. Only civil servants at level 13 and above with separate offices will resume. All meetings will be held online. No visitors are allowed except when absolutely necessary.

“There will be hand washing facilities in strategic locations round the secretariat. Posters and banners will be in conspicuous places round the secretariat.”

Meanwhile, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has relaxed the coronavirus lockdown imposed on the state and directed churches to commence full activities.

The governor stated this in a broadcast to the people of the state on Saturday evening.

Before the broadcast, church activities had been restricted for 14 days as past of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

But on Saturday, Obiano asked churches to resume full activities, stating that the worshippers must wear face masks and observe the World Health Organisation’s guidelines during worship.

The governor announced that movements around the state were not restricted, stressing, however, that all boundaries in the state remained closed.

He said, “With regards to religious groups, leaders of the church should ensure that worshippers comply with the standards protocols of COVID-19 which includes wearing of face masks to church, use of hand sanitiser, social distancing and regular washing of hands.

“Church leaders should decide how best to conduct mass and service in strict adherence to the principles of social distancing to ensure that worshippers are not endangered. Please note that there should be no crusades and vigils for the time being.”