The Ondo State government on Wednesday cancelled Cross Over Vigils across the state and postponed the resumption of primary and secondary schools to Monday, 18th January 2021.
The Chairman of the Ondo State Interministerial Committee on Coronavirus and the Vice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi made this known at a press briefing in Akure, the state capital.
According to Prof. Fatusi, no church service organised in respect of the new year celebration must exceed 10pm until further notice.
While emphasizing that the committee has had extensive interaction with various stakeholders, physically and virtually, on the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19, he maintained that the state is working hard to ensure it records no substantial case during the second wave of the pandemic.
He said, “The federal government has stipulated that schools be closed till January 18. The inter-ministerial committee decided that events, as regards the pandemic, should be watched. So, we want to observe and ensure that there is no active transmission within our system.
“Primary and secondary schools will not be resuming on January 4th, they will be resuming by the 18th of January. That’s the decision regarding the schools.
“On the issue of religious services, churches and mosques are not permitted in line with that curfew to hold any service beyond 10:00 pm.
“Vigils are still strictly forbidden on any day until further notice. Churches and other religious services must operate at 50% capacity and adhere to all measures that we have put in place for prevention. The same goes for event centres, they must comply with these principles. Our people must celebrate responsibly and celebrate safely.”