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COVID-19: Oyo workers to stay home for two weeks

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has directed all workers in the employ of the State Government to stay away from work for the next two weeks, with effect from Friday, March 27, except those rendering essential services.

Makinde made the disclosure while giving an update on the State’s COVID-19 Task Force in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

“The Oyo State Civil Service will shut down for two weeks from, Friday, March 27, 2020. Only workers rendering essential services will be required to report for duty”, the statement read.

Guidelines for public transport operators
The Governor also announced new guidelines for public transport operators in the State, issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, to ensure proper hygienic standards and social distancing.

The new directive, according to the Governor, requires all transport operators and park managers to provide hand washing facilities with soap and running water at the entrance to their parks/garages. They are also to provide alcohol-based sanitizers in their vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors and passengers.

“Standing is prohibited in public mass transit buses and there must be a minimum of one seat interval between passengers. Tricycles are limited to three passengers and commercial motorcycles are limited to one passenger only” the governor stated.

The governor said that the confirmed case in the State still stands at one and the USA returnee in Oluyole Local Government Area of the State is still asymptomatic and has completed her 14-day self-isolation period which was between March 8 and 22.

“We still have one confirmed case of Coronavirus in Oyo State, the Bodija case, who is receiving treatment at the isolation centre – Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan”, he said.

“Additional numbers have been added to the Emergency Operations Centre’s Helplines” he added.

Enlightenment campaign in the media
the governor said that enlightenment campaigns on Coronavirus in English and Yoruba have commenced in the media, while street to street public announcements, using megaphones, have commenced in rural areas.

“We have received reports of a few private schools flouting the directive on closure of schools. A Task Force from SUBEB, TESCOM and the Ministry of Education has been authorised to take appropriate action against any school flouting this directive. Any school acting in breach of the directive can be reported by calling the Emergency Operations Centre Helplines”, Makinde said.

He said that officials from the Ministry of Health have met with religious leaders to ensure compliance with the directive that gatherings are limited to a maximum of 30 persons. They also met with stakeholders in the hospitality industry to ensure compliance with the directive that nightclubs remained closed.

Source: Voice of Nigeria