COVID-19: Gov Abiodun orders Ogun workers to stay at home, bans carnivals, crossover gatherings

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As the second wave of the deadly coronavirus surges amidst the Christmas and New Year festivities, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has announced the suspension of street carnivals, crowded cross-over night services, parties and similar gatherings in the state.

It was reported that the governor also directed all civil servants and other government workers in the State to proceed on Christmas and New Year holiday from December 24 till January

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Wednesday, the governor said the directive was given after a meeting with religious and community leaders in the state, in preparation for the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Abiodun directed that all schools should remain closed until January 18, 2021, while all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event centres, recreational centres in the state were shut down indefinitely.

Markets are to open between 8am and 4pm while maintaining social distancing and observing all COVID-19 protocols, including the use of face masks and others, it was stated.

The governor directed that religious and worship centres should not exceed 50 per cent of their capacity.

It was also directed that “there should be no gatherings of more than 50 people at any event or ceremonies, such as conferences, congresses, office events, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, crossover nights, end of year parties, weddings, naming, birthdays, anniversaries, street carnivals, etc until further notice”.

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