Makinde asks schools to reopen, lifts ban on religious gatherings


The Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has announced reopening of schools for primary six, JSS 3 and SSS 3 students across the state.

The governor in the latest review of the COVID-19 measures also announced that the curfew earlier imposed would now run from 10pm to 4am. While churches and mosques were directed to operate at 25 per cent capacity; public gathering in the state are to have not more than 25 persons.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from Monday June 29; and the resumption of work by all category of workers at the state secretariat from June 22. This is to enable students prepare well for their examination.

The statement read; “The schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the Task Force, ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided in all schools, while all students are to compulsorily wear face masks.
“Schools are to provide hand wash points with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA).

“The resumption of critical classes at the end of June 2020, would be two clear weeks ahead of the state’s drop-dead date of July 15. By that date, it would be decided whether other categories of students will return to the classes.

“Mosques and Churches are to reopen and operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity. The situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks. All worshippers are to compulsorily wear face masks.

“Night clubs are to remain shut even though the existing curfew, which used to run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. is being aligned with that of the Federal Government, which runs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

“The Task Force will not mind shutting down everywhere if evidence emerges that the COVID-19 safety protocols are being violated, or should there be an explosion in the number of cases; however, the state government will intensify enlightenment campaigns to ensure the safety of our people.”

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