The Ekiti state government has directed worship centres in the state to resume services from Friday July 17.
The state governor, Kayode Fayemi announced that this directive is in line with the agreement reached by the state government and leaders of religious organisations in the state.
The governor encouraged worshipers and religious leaders to ensure full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres, which includes social distancing of 6-feet between worshippers, hand washing and wearing of face masks.
Governor Fayemi made the announcement in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday June 30, also announced plans of reopening schools in the state from July 20. He said the resumption of schools would be in phases, and will start with pupils in graduating classes (SS3, JSS3 and Primary six) who are preparing for their examinations
In his words, “Schools resumption will be in phases starting with students in terminal classes SS3, JSS3 and Primary 6 to prepare for their examinations. Other classes will be gradually absorbed as schools meet all requirements to accommodate them safely and responsibly.”
He disclosed that a certificate of readiness showing that a school has adhered to all the conditions required for school reopening will be issued to all schools before they can reopen.
Fayemi also revealed that his administration has embarked on a quick rejuvenation of schools to ensure that basic facilities such as water, sanitiser, soap and other facilities to aid hygienic practices are available.
He further announced that the two largest markets in Ado Ekiti – Oja Oba and Bisi Market, will now be open to lock-up shops only, subject to compliance with protocols. The governor affirmed that street trading, makeshift stalls kiosks and open display of wares in the said markets are still banned.
Meanwhile across the country, interstate travels commenced today after three months of partial lockdown as the government managed to control the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. Motorists are however expected to put in some safety measures in place and minimise the number of passengers in each vehicle.
More than 25, 000 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Nigeria with over 500 deaths. Lagos remains the most affected state in the country.