The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has announced that it has relaxed the curfew imposed on the State; following the advent of the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.
The Task Force, which made the decision public on Monday, June 15, 2020, after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting presided by its Chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde, added that the curfew would now run from 10pm to 4am.
According to a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, other decisions reached include the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from Monday, June 29; resumption of work by all category of workers at the State Secretariat from Monday, June 22; opening up of Mosques and Churches, which are to operate at 25 per cent capacity; and the decision to limit public gathering to not more than 25 persons.
The statement noted that the State Secretariat, which was earlier shut on March 27, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, and later reopened to Staff on grade level 13 and above from Monday April 27, 2020, would now be open to all other members of Staff from Monday, June 22.
It added that Mosques and Churches are to reopen and operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity; adding that the situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks, so, all worshippers are to compulsorily wear face masks.
According to the statement, night clubs are to remain shut even though the existing curfew, which used to run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. is being aligned with that of the Federal Government, which runs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The Task Force noted that it will not mind shutting down everywhere if evidence emerges that the COVID-19 safety protocols are being violated, or should there be an explosion in the number of cases; however, the State Government will intensify enlightenment campaigns to ensure the safety of the people of the State.