The Ogun State Government on Friday set up a committee to fashion out guidelines for ”a safe reopening” of schools.
The immediate objective is to ”allow certificate classes to resume and write their examinations,” although all schools remain shut for now, it said.
It said available data and opinions of experts “continue to indicate that the fight against the virus is far from being won,” and therefore can “neither afford more fatalities or allow the rate of sickness to outnumber the capacity to manage the sick.”
Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin ,said in a statement in Abeokuta that to date, 4,072 people have been tested out of which 898 were positive.
Six hundred and nine of the cases have been successfully treated and discharged while 19 people have died,leaving 270 active cases.
Government extended the current Phase of eased restrictions for another two weeks .
In effect Monday to Friday are still open for businesses and other economic transactions with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days;
- Commercial activities are not permitted on weekends
- Churches and mosques activities will remain closed;
- Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00pm and 4.00am daily;
- Wearing of face masks in the public is still mandatory;
- 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 the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our State is still in force;
- The COVID-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of hand washing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders;
- Decontamination will continue in our markets and other public places;
- Limitation of all gatherings to a maximum number of 20, is still in effect;
- Gyms, event centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, nightclubs, swimming pools, barber-shops, spas, beauty Salons, and all public parks, including those in private residential estates, are still not allowed to operate;
Restaurants are permitted to provide only take-away services and should also ensure that there are no more than 10-15 customers at a time with physical distancing measures in place. Guidelines for eat-in services are still being fine-tuned;
All industries in Ogun State must continue to comply with the “Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Workplaces in Ogun State to Combat COVID-19” as issued by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments. Therefore, testing of staff for COVID-19 in all industries in the State must be sustained;
The Task Force set up to conduct random spot checks on the premises of the industries, restaurants and other business enterprises to confirm compliance is still in operation.
Other precautionary measures still in force in Ogun State are:
Funerals and wedding gatherings should not be more than 20 persons, including family members and officiating ministers/priests;
There will still be restriction on sports and recreational activities;
Bank/Financial Institutions are to continue their normal operations as allowed in Phase two.