Oyo - Makinde orders reopening of schools, churches

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Oyo - Makinde orders reopening of schools, churches

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has directed that schools and churches in the state should be reopened

This means that he is further easing the restrictions that had earlier been implemented in the State to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).⁣

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The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, chaired by the governor, announced on Monday, June 15, 2020 that critical classes for Primary Six, JSS 3 and SS 3 students can resume on June 29.⁣

The schools have been directed to observe COVID-19 protocols, and ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided for students.⁣

All students are also required to compulsorily wear face masks, another safety measure to combat the spread of the disease.⁣

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The resumption, according to the government, is to ensure the students are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead of them.⁣

"The resumption of critical classes at the end of June 2020, would be two clear weeks ahead of the state's drop-dead date of July 15.⁣

By that date, it would be decided whether other categories of students will return to the classes," a statement by the governor's media aide, Taiwo Adisa, read.⁣

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The reopening of schools in Oyo will not affect tertiary institutions in the state.⁣

After its two-and-a-half-hour meeting on Monday, the Oyo task force also announced the reopening of mosques and churches, which are to operate at 25% capacity.⁣

All worshippers are also required to compulsorily wear face masks, in addition to other safety measures advised by authorities.⁣

"The situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks," the statement read.⁣

The government also announced the resumption of work by all workers at the state secretariat from June 22.⁣

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The state's curfew has also been reviewed to start from 10 pm and end at 4 am, as had already been announced by the PTF.⁣

Night clubs in the state remain shut, and public gatherings are limited to 25 people, according to Monday's announcement.

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