- Despite the amount of Covid-19 cases, Ekiti state has announced it will be reopening schools and worship centres
- The state governor, Kayode Fayemi said students will now resume at learning centres in the state from Monday, July 20
- Fayemi also noted that worship centres can resume services from Friday, July 17
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After more than two months of closing schools and worship centres due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Ekiti state government has taken a bold step by allowing activities to resume.
According to Daily Trust, Governor Kayode Fayemi said worship centres may resume holding services from Friday, July 17, while students can return to their learning centres effective Monday, July 20.
The Ekiti state governor disclosed this on Tuesday, June 30, in a state-wide broadcast on the next stage in the state’s COVID-19 response.
According to Fayemi, the reopening of worship centres is in line with the agreement reached by the state government with leaders of religious organizations in Ekiti.
He went on to note that arrangements are in place to ensure that pupils and students return to school as recommended by stakeholders in the education sector.
The governor added that the two largest markets in Ado Ekiti – Oja Oba and Bisi Market, will only be opened to lock-up shops now.
While noting that this is subject to compliance with protocols, Fayemi stressed that street trading, makeshift stalls kiosks and open display of wares remain banned.
Ekiti state has 43 cases of Covid-19 as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 561 new cases of the infection in the country on Tuesday, June 30.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian government has released an updated version of the guidelines required for reopening places of worship.
The updated guidelines which were released by the presidential task force on COVID-19 contains a list of safeguards that church and mosques should adhere to. The federal ministry of information said the guidelines were needed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
In a related development, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the general overseer of Christ Embassy, has reacted to the guidelines rolled out by the federal government for the gradual reopening of churches.
In a video that has been trending online, the pastor said that one cannot say they believe in Jesus Christ and be afraid of viruses, adding that Jesus healed the sick by touching them in the bible.
The clergyman condemned many ministers of God who have been supporting government control of religious houses.
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