Ondo state governor, Mr Arakunrin Akeredolu.

Toluwalope Jombo – Akure

Ondo State governor,Mr Arakunrin Akeredolu, SAN, has directed the resumption of guided religious activities throughout the state.

The Governor said only weekly Friday Jumat services and Sunday Church services will commence, while daily programmes remain on hold.

He urged religious leaders and administrators must ensure strict compliance with the social and physical distancing in the places of worship.

“In the case of churches, not more than three people are expected to sit on a pew, while the equivalent applies to the sitting positions in the mosques and other worship centres as well.”

READ : Lalong, PDP in Plateau celebrate Nigerian children

The governor said water and soap must be provided at all entry points into the centres or halls of worship, while all worshipers must be made to wash their hands in the standard pattern approved and practised since the beginning of the pandemic.

Akeredolu further said hand sanitizers must be provided and used by each worshipper at every entry point to the centres and at other convenient points within the premises, adding that all worshippers and workers inside the centres and within the premises must wear face masks properly for the duration of the service.

According to the Governor, Churches, Mosques and other religious centres must regularly decontaminate and sanitise the premises, facilities and equipment before and after the services.

madam atuyota commedy Advertisement.

While noting that government has placed appropriate machinery in motion to monitor and ensure that the guidelines are implemented to the latter, the governor said cases of infringement, disregard or wilful neglect of these extant regulations will be considered a serious threat to the society and will be sanctioned.

“Let me be more direct. Any church, mosque or worship centre which fails to obey the simple rule will be shut down immediately.”

The Governor explained that out of the 24 confirmed cases COVID-19 in the state, 19 have been discharged after treatment, two deaths were recorded while three cases on admission were receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Akure.

READ : Women demanding release of prodest hotel manager, protest unclad in Rivers

“We have four more cases added to the 20 cases announced last week Monday, making a total of 24 cases. Among the additional four, only one was a case of interstate importation. It was a case of an individual of northern Nigeria extraction who travelled from Sokoto state to Ondo state.

“The second, third and fourth cases were those of community transmission. While the second case was discovered at Oluwatuyi Quarters, Akure and reported by the Federal Medical Centre Annex, Akure, the third case is an official of the Nigerian Correctional Services who is resident in Ijoka road, Akure. His case was reported by the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Akure complex.

“The fourth case was presented to the General Hospital Igbara Oke as a regular patient of flu, fever, cough and other symptoms similar to those of COVID-19. He died the same night he was brought to the hospital. Not leaving things to chances, our health workers ensured the corpse was tested for COVID-19 and the result came back positive.

“The corpse has since been buried in his hometown, Iragbiji, Osun State. Apart from contacting Osun State Government accordingly, we have activated a wide line tracing to arrest further infection and possible spread”, the governor said.