The Ogun state Governor, prince Dapo Abiodun has said that he would not hesitate to close down worship centres again if worshippers fail to comply with the laid down protocols.
Governor Abiodun disclosed this in a statement issued by the chief press secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin on Friday.
He also warned that he will not allow for rowdy ceremonies which can promote community transmission of covid-19and or any other communicable diseases that could lead to avoidable death.
Abiodun said, ”Let me say that now that our worship centres are open for activities, the restrictions on weekends are lifted, but the limitation on social gatherings not exceeding 20 people at any place at the same time is still very much in force.
”Other measures still in place include: Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00pm and 4.00am daily; wearing of face masks in the public is compulsory and failure to do so is punishable.
” Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles;Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and non-adherence attracts sanction;
”The covid-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of hand washing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders.
”Let me say that our Task Force is already on ground and is moving about to ensure compliance. And, if perchance we discover that any of our religious centre is not complying or adhering to the laid down protocols, we will not hesitate to close down the centre.
”I want to repeat just like I mentioned in the last Covid-19 update that the purpose is not to open for rowdy ceremonies which can promote community transmission of COVID-19 and or any other communicable diseases that could lead to avoidable death.
” We will rather want our worship centres to be venues of solemnisation of matrimonies; christening of new-borns; venues of thanksgivings and praise-worship to the greatness of God. This explains our cautious, consultative, inclusive, and collaborative approach to reopening of our worship centers.
”Let us not forget that covid-19 is still with us. The fact that we are opening more sectors does not mean that pandemic is gone.
” It is of great importance that we must be able to balance welfare, wellness and wellbeing with economic activities. More than ever, personal responsibility is at the core of containing this dreaded virus” he concluded
He appreciated all frontline workers – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical lab scientists and other health workers for their devotion and commitment towards this struggle.
He therefore commended the perseverance of the security personnel, journalists and other essential workers for their efforts to flatten the curve of covid-19.
”’ I want to express my appreciation to all the citizens of Ogun State for their support, solidarity and cooperation. We thank our people for their support and cooperation. We urge you to continue to cooperate with us”