The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has directed the Management of Schools, workplaces and religious centres to ensure strict compliance with established protocols aimed at curtailing the Coronavirus disease.
The Task Force, in a statement on Saturday, November 7, 2020, declared its readiness to shut down any Institution, religious centre or workplace that violates the rules on the use of closed space settings, whether at Schools, religious or social settings.
According to a statement signed on behalf of the Task Force by the State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the advice became necessary following the discovery of a COVID-19 case in a Tertiary Institution in the State; adding that the general public is equally advised to remain vigilant.
It added that the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the Task Force had immediately ordered a lock-in of the affected Tertiary Institution to keep Staff, Students and the general public safe.
The EOC has also kick-started contact tracing, while subjecting every possible contact to necessary surveillance.
“Many of these cases were discovered in closed space settings such as offices and other workplaces. Contact tracing has been intensified and the Emergency Operations Centre is working with the institution concerned to ensure that all students and staff of the institution are safe and well,” the statement read.
It added that there is no need to panic, as according to the statement, all necessary protocols needed for effective management and psychosocial support have been instituted.
The statement added that “the Oyo State, as a responsive and responsible Government, wishes to admonish all residents to ensure due compliance with the directives and all COVID-19 prevention protocols as earlier stipulated, to enable a successful limitation of virus transmission. All hygienic practices associated with the preventive protocols are to be properly adhered to, while the utilization of safety devices, as well as social distancing should also be upheld.”