Breaking – COVID-19: Curfew now 8 pm to 5 am in Ekiti

……. Grade Level 8 and above Officers to resume Monday

By: Admin

The Ekiti State Government has again relaxed the existing partial lockdown imposed on the state in respect of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic to between 8 pm and 6 am

The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in a statewide broadcast, Sunday said “Commencing from tomorrow, June 1, 2020, Ekiti people will now be able to go about their daily activities from Monday to Friday, 6 am to 8 pm in the evening. For the avoidance of doubt, the dusk to dawn curfew will daily resume from 8 pm till 5: 59 am of the following morning.

“Ekiti State public officers on Grade Level 8 and above are to resume for duty from June 1, 2020, while those on Level 7 and below are to remain at home, for now, he added.

Fayemi who noted that existing restrictions on human and vehicular movement would continue to be observed in accordance with existing regulations contained in the Ekiti State Coronavirus Disease (Prevention of Infection), Regulations 2020, said “Government is considering reopening the major markets to permanent shop owners, after the outcome of the engagement process that is ongoing on the relocation of roadside traders to the available alternative markets being prepared for them. The reopening will be subject to compliance with specific conditions and protocols that are being determined.

He continued “Similarly, government appreciates the impact of the continued stay at the home of our children, therefore, effort is ongoing to reopen the schools as soon as the committee set up to appraise the protocols, resources, conditions and modalities for reopening has concluded its work.

” As part of steps leading to the reopening of the schools, I have directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to commence a stakeholders’ engagement, including teachers, parents, vendors, school administrators and school owners, immediately, for a common position on the best way to manage the situation. This is without prejudice to what may be decided subsequently at the national level in respect of school reopening.

” A similar committee will be engaging with the religious organisations to fashion out a workable protocol that will enable the religious houses to reopen very soon without jeopardising the lives and health of worshippers.

” I like to reiterate that the ban on social gathering on account of religious, educational, political or any reasons whatsoever, remains in force until the ongoing consultations are concluded.

Fayemi reiterated that the protocols about personal hygiene, hand-washing, use of alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, physical and social distancing, use of face masks must continue to be observed, while the estate boundaries remain shut.

He also urged the public transport operators to continue to comply with the protocols guiding their operations. The government will be very hard on offenders, because to whom much is given much is expected.

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