…..Utilise 50 percent Capacity, says Gov Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved the suspension of the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew earlier imposed on states by the Federal Government, saying that officials of the State’s Task Force on Covid-19 will ensure strict compliance to the guidelines and advisories during the Yuletide and after.
The governor, has, therefore, directed that religious centers be allowed to hold crossover worship services only in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
The Technical Team of the Task Force on COVID-19 had earlier stated that it was ruling out the crossover services in view of the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew imposed by the Federal Government.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, however, warned that worship centers must adhere strictly to the advisories and guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.
The statement further indicated that the governor gave the directives in a brief endorsed by the chairman of the Technical Team of the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge, which reviewed the earlier pronouncement of the Technical Team and lifted the curfew.
The statement added that other advisories earlier released by the Task Force, including the directive of 50 percent occupancy for worship and event centers, ban of street carnivals, and others, remain in effect.
It will be recalled that the Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 had, in a communique released on Tuesday, earlier warned individuals, families, and corporate organizations in the state to adhere to protocols such as the use of face masks in public places, social distancing, and regular washing of hands.
However, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Oyo state chapter, in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by its chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemi, stated that every church leaders in the state should ensure that the cross overnight worship does not exceed 12:30 AM.