Breaking: Ogun finally reopens mosques, churches, lifts weekend lockdown

Breaking: Ogun finally reopens mosques, churches, lifts weekend lockdown

- Governor Dapo Abiodun has ordered the reopening of all worship centres in Ogun state

- The governor also lifted the ban on weekend lockdown in the state

- Abiodun said he took the decision after thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution with stakeholders

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Ogun state government has lifted the ban on worship centres after several months of restriction on religious centres in the state.

TVC reports that Governor Dapo Abiodun made this announcement on Friday, August 13, while giving an update on the efforts of the government in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Legit.ng gathered that he urged worshipers to use facemasks, maintain social distancing and comply with COVID-19 guidelines, noting that Muslims are expected to go to the mosques with their separate mat and perform ablutions from their homes.

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The governor explained that he took the decision after thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution with stakeholders.

He also ordered that all worship centres must monitor the temperature of the worshippers and provide hand sanitizer.

Breaking: Ogun finally reopens Mosques, Churches, lifts weekend lockdown

Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, lifts ban on religious activities in the state. Credit: Twitter/Dapo Abiodun.
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Abiodun urged religious leaders to comply with the directive and work with the state government in smoothing the curve of COVID-19 in the state.

The governor also relaxed the weekend lockdown which has always been in place for months in the state, urging residents to maintain the usual practice of not having social gathering of more than 20 persons.

JSS 3 students in the state have also been directed to resume on Monday, August 18, to prepare for their examination.

“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.

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“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. 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," he said.

It was earlier reported that the state government concluded its plan to reopen churches and mosques almost four months after they were closed as part of moves to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The report said that to ascertain the readiness of the worship centres, a government delegation visited churches and mosques in Ijebu, Remo and Egba axis of the state on Wednesday, July 22.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ogun state government said worship centres would reopen from Friday, August 14.

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It was reported that this was disclosed by Governor Abiodun while briefing journalists in Abeokuta.

The governor said the religious centres must however strictly follow COVID-19 measures and guidelines. He warned that any worship centre that fails to follow all the guidelines would be sanctioned appropriately.

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