This online news medium authoritatively reports that Ondo state government because of the on going second of the dreaded virus has cancelled crossover service by churches across the state ahead of the new year.
Monday, 18th January 2021 will be the new schools resumption date as it has to be postponed because of the pandemic this was made known by Prof. Adesegun Fatusi the Chairman, Ondo State Interministerial Committee on Coronavirus and Vice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo,
The chairman, stated that is the responsibility out the State to Protect the citizens and ensure it records no substantial case during the second wave of the pandemic.
Fatusi Revealed that the Committee had to activities and demostrations with different sections, as they had extensive interaction with various stakeholders, physically and virtually, on the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.
The chairman confirmed that the federal government been mindful of the corona virus was the reason for schools to remain closed till January 18.
“The committee are watchful and on the lookout, they have decided that events, as regards the pandemic, should be watched. So, we want to observe and ensure that there is no active transmission within our system and or in the state.
“Primary and secondary schools will not be resuming on January 4th, they will be resuming by the 18th of January. That’s the decision regarding the schools.
He also pointed out on other matters arising, which has been discussed and “On the issue of religious services, note that there is a national curfew in place, and the state is bound by the principles of that curfew.
” Churches and Mosques are allowed to end their services on or before 10:00pm, this is to fall inline with the curfew laws
“Vigils are still strictly forbidden on any day until further notice. Churches and other religious services must operate at 50% capacity and adhere to all measures that we have put in place for prevention. The same goes for event centres, they must comply with these principles. Our people must celebrate responsibly and celebrate safely.
Other guidelines According to Adesegun, includes government and business offices shall continue to open, with strict compliance of COVID-19 precautionary measures;
Markets shall continue operations but with heightened enforcement of COVID-19 precautionary measures;
Night clubs and relaxation spots must not operate beyond 10p.m; picnics can operate but in open space and adherence to COVID-19 protocols;
While anybody above 60 years of age or with existing ailment(s) are strongly advised to remain indoor and disengage from joining any social gathering.
Fatusi said government “will begin to carry out strict monitoring of all these guidelines, likewise, it will continue to interact with religious leaders, markets associations, media, unions and other critical stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic.
” By January 2021 the State will begin strict enforcement of the law that guides against the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the State, stating that the law provides for three months imprisonment or payment of twenty thousand naira fine or both for offenders.
The Chairman noted that effective mechanism will be put in place for the total enforcement of the law in Ondo State, even though there will be continuous social engagement, public education, among others.
Also speaking, the Health Commissioner, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, appealed to the media to support the government by seeing war against Coronavirus as corporate responsibility and must do everything to educate, inform and sensitize the public about its dangers.
The chairman emphasised the need for all across all the States and country “To support the federal government’s determination to curb the spread of the pandemic, as such, it is a collective fight that requires the input of everyone, domestically and corporately.