COVID-19: Oyo yet to relax ban on religious activities, curfew

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
Despite a directive from the Federal Government, the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, headed by Governor Seyi Makinde had on Tuesday said it is yet to relax the ban on religious activities and the curfew imposed as a result of the pandemic.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde said the decision was reached after a meeting of the Task Force which was held online for over two hours.
The Governor noted that the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force was still evaluating the situation in the State and, therefore, would not be able to follow the decision by the Presidential Task Force, which relaxed the ban on religious gatherings and the curfew.
He explained that the position was informed by the ongoing risk, situation analysis being undertaken by a team of experts.
Makinde said, “The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force wishes to alert the public that the ban on religious gathering remains in force in the State. The 8pm to 5am curfew earlier imposed on the State as a result of the ravaging pandemic, will also remain in force until further notice.
“This is because the Task Force is awaiting a risk, situation analysis report by a team of experts earlier commissioned to do so,” he said.
Makinde stated that the report was expected at the end of the week and only after the report had been analysed by the Task Force would it be in a position to make further clarifications.
“The Task Force will always make its decisions in relation to the behavioral patterns of the novel Coronavirus in its domain, relying on science, logic and data.
“We assure residents that the state is leaving no stone unturned in curtailing the spread of the dreaded virus,” he said.
In a related development, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the Task Force will on Wednesday commence the community testing for COVID-19, with the aim of determining the behaviour of the virus in the State.
The exercise, which is scheduled to hold in 10 locations, would kick off in three different sites in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Ukoh