- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has directed the reopening of churches and mosques in the state
- The religious centres were shut down for about two months in the state to curtail the spread of COVID-19
- Ortom, however, advised that the religious centres must maintain social distancing in their services
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Benue state government has ordered the reopening of churches and mosques for religious worships some weeks after they were shut over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng reports that the government, however, directed that the churches and mosques must hold staggered worship sessions to allow room for social distancing.
A statement issued by one of Governor Samuel Ortom's aides indicated that this was part of the decisions reached on Thursday, May 21, in Makurdi at the end of a joint meeting of the Benue State Executive Council and the State Action Committee on COVID-19 presided over by the governor.
The government also ordered the partial reopening of markets and noted that the issue of school resumption would be reviewed in the next 14 days.
It also directed workers on grade levels one to 12 who were asked to stay at home about two months ago to resume work on June 1, 2020.
The government, however, advised that they always wear face masks and maintain social distancing as they go to work.
Reeling out decisions reached at the end of the meeting, Governor Ortom also announced an adjustment in the timing of the prevailing dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the state about two months ago.
“Street trading is encouraged but strictly obeying social distancing protocol on COVID-19. Markets will be partially opened to enable traders to access their shops while the fumigation of markets will be carried out periodically," he said.
“Inter-state movement remains prohibited, except those on essential services. While we encourage Benue people to intensify their farming activities in the face of the looming economic recession,” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a pregnant woman who was being taken to hospital for delivery on a motorcycle has reportedly died at a police checkpoint after officers allegedly stopped the motorcycle for carrying three people.
The occupants on the motorcycle were said to have been stopped by the police officers for carrying more than two occupants in violation of the social distancing order.
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