Pupils, students in all public primary and secondary schools in Ogun State, are expected to resume full academic activities from Monday.
Tribune Online recalls that the Ogun government announced staggering of school hours for different classes, to ensure compliance to the social distancing order, so as to avoid community spread of COVID-19.
All schools in the state were closed at the wake of the spread of the pandemic in the state in March as directed by the federal and state government.
In a statement e-signed by Mr Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo said the government is pleased with the drop in the spread of COVID-19 infections in the state, hence the need to reopen all schools, business outlets, religious centres, among others.
However, the Ogun State government enjoined all hotels, viewing centres, guest houses, motels, hotels, event centres, cinemas, fast food joints, to adhere strictly to the set of guidelines in order to keep up with the protocols, aimed at further flattening the curve of the virus.
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According to the statement, “Government is aware of the excruciating implications of COVID-19 lockdown but we have emplaced measures and improved on testing to stem the tide.
“Empirical field research indicates that we have managed to stem community spread and treatment of the virus very well. We are convinced that the opening of schools and entertainment centres would not harm our people. We would continue to monitor the development.”
The statement said that the government would not hesitate to do selective lockdown should there be any flagrant disobedience to the set COVID-19 protocols.
It also added that all centres are to provide noise-proof equipment in the various facilities to ensure that they do not disturb the serenity of the neighbourhoods where they operate.
While calling on owners of these facilities to cooperate with the State Government, Governor Abiodun warned that facilities that defy these guidelines would be sanctioned.
“Let me say that our Task Force is already on the ground and is moving about to ensure compliance.
“And, if perchance we discover that any of our centres is not complying or adhering to the laid down protocols, we will not hesitate to close down the centre,” he warned.