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Ogun gov shifts lockdown to weekends

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has announced ease of lockdown in the state.

The lockdown will no longer holds on weekdays, it will now be only on weekends.

Abiodun disclosed this on Thursday evening at his Oke-Mosan office, Abeokuta while addressing newsmen on updates on COVID-19.

He said henceforth, there would not be restriction of movement between Mondays and Fridays except on Saturdays and Sundays.

The governor however stated that the Federal Government’s order on curfew which begins between 8:pm and ends 6:am daily is still in force in the state all days.

He also said the ban on interstate travelling and religious activities are also still in effect.

Given update of recorded cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, Abiodun said the state recorded 59 new positive cases, an increase of 32 per cent , bringing the total number of positive cases to date to 242.

“This second phase has two major elements of further relaxation of the restrictions and expansion in the number of days.

“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 8.00 pm 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 the 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.

“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 face masks in the public is still mandatory. Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles, otherwise known as okadas, whilst tricycles are limited to two passengers only,” he said.

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