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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Abiodun Eases Lockdown In Ogun, Says Week Days Now Free For Businesses


From Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta

Governor Dapo Abiodun on Thursday expressed disappointed at the striking medical workers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital(OOUTH), saying he has done the best to address their 

Governor Dapo Abiodun has eased the lockdown of the state , declaring  the week days - Monday to Friday free for movement and business activities between 6am and 8pm while Saturday and Sunday would be observed as total lockdown.

The new eased lockdown, Abiodun added, takes effect  from Monday, June  1st .

The Governor made this known on Thursday evening at the Oke - Mosan Governor's Office while addressing the state on the steps being taken by his administration to contain the spread of COVID - 19 pandemic in the state. 
He said:  “It is also important to mention that our approach in combating COVID-19 in the State seeks to align with the extant guidelines in place as issued by the Presidential Task Force, given that Ogun State is one of the States in the Presidential lockdown directive. 

“Therefore, in consideration of the need to increasingly allow economic activities and after consultations with stakeholders, and based on expert advice from medical scientists and data analysis, the second phase of the eased lockdown will commence on the first of June, as indicated last week.

” This second phase has two major elements of further relaxation of the restrictions and expansion in the “In contrast to the current three days of Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this new phase opens up all the five working days in the week i.e Monday to Friday, with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days. “In addition, there will be no time restriction from Monday to Friday, with the exception of the curfew period from 8.00pm or as may be directed by the President. Let no one make a mistake. COVID- 19 is neither over nor the curve of the spread flattened. 

“From all available data and simulations, we are yet to reach our peak, consequently the further easing of the lockdown is not a license to believe the worst is over,” 

"For avoidance of doubt, all the existing guidelines to combat COVID-19 in the State remain in place. In addition, specific guidelines to guide the operations of industries have been issued and must be fully complied with by all industries, as part of preparations for full operations. Let me reiterate some of the guidelines.

" The curfew from 8.00pm to 6.00am as directed by the President is still in place. Restrictions on Interstate travel are also retained, wearing of face masks in the public is still mandatory,only one passenger is still allowed for motorcyles, otherwise known as Okadas, whilst tricycles are limited to two passengers only.

"Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and we will arrest and impound any driver that contravenes.

"The COVID-19 Task Force in markets are still mandated to ensure physical distancing, availability of handwashing facilities and use of gloves in addition to facemasks for traders.

"Fumigation will continue in our markets and other public places.

" Limitation of all gatherings to a maximum number of 20, including religious activities, is still in effect. We are currently working on the guidelines for places of worship. Until this is finalized, the current restrictions apply.

"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, will not be allowed to operate, even during this new phase of relaxation.

"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. Guidelines for eat-in services are being finetuned" he said

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