- The Ogun state government has imposed new restrictions on movement for the festive season
- Governor Dapo Abiodun announced that the measures are necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state
- Abiodun noted that markets will be allowed to open only for a limited period, while public and religious gatherings will cut by 50%
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Ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the governor of Ogun state has rolled out a set of safety rules that must be obeyed by citizens to slow down the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.
Governor Abiodun said the state government agreed on Thursday, December 24, that there will be no curfew or lockdown as was imposed during the emergence of the pandemic.
However, the governor stressed that there will be restrictions on social gathering and this will also affect religious public worship.
He also noted that while markets will be allowed to open from 8am to 4pm, crowded crossover sessions will not be allowed, except that only 50% of worshippers will be permitted at a time in any given place.
Added to this, the government made it clear that schools will remain closed till January 18, 2021.
Meanwhile, Abiodun had In August ordered full reopening of religious centres, businesses, hotels and other entertainment centres in the state.
The governor had closed religious centres, businesses and schools in March in a bid to check the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
Announcing the reopening which was subject to guidelines of the safety measures, he reduced worshippers for a service at 200 and insisted services must not exceed one and a half hour.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, October 28, by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, Governor Dapo said the religious centres and other public places have been reopened following the relative success recorded in checking the deadly virus.
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