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Ortom relaxes COVID-19 measures, releases guidlines for reopening worship centres

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has announced the relaxation of COVID-19 measures put in place to curb spread of coronavirus in the state.

The Governor made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, accessed by AFRIPOST reporter.

According to the statement, civil servants on level 1 to 12 were asked to resume office June 8 while  urging them to comply with all laid down COVID-19 measures .

Ortom however said that schools remain closed till further notice as fight against the virus continues across the country.

The statement reads in part, “Churches and Mosques with effect from today Wednesday, June 3, 2020, are to hold staggered worship sessions. This implies that a Church or Mosque which before now held two worship sessions should henceforth conduct four or more sessions in a day to ensure physical distancing.

“Each worship session must not last more than one hour.

“Churches and Mosques should endeavour to provide water, soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers for worshippers, and should insist on wearing of face masks.

“Benue State civil servants on grade levels 1 to 12 are to resume work on June 8, 2020. The workers are advised to always wear face masks and maintain physical distancing as they go to work.

“Markets are to be opened but subject to physical distancing protocol on COVID-19.

“Public gatherings are permitted with a maximum of 30 persons who must comply with the protocol of COVID-19.

“Inter-state movement remains banned, except those on essential services.

“Benue State civil servants on grade levels 1 to 12 are to resume work on June 8, 2020. The workers are advised to always wear face masks and maintain physical distancing as they go to work.

“Markets are to be opened but subject to physical distancing protocol on COVID-19.

“Public gatherings are permitted with a maximum of 30 persons who must comply with the protocol of COVID-19.

“Inter-state movement remains banned, except those on essential services.

“The prevailing curfew in the State has been reviewed to now last between the hours of 10pm to 4am daily, until further notice.

“Schools remain closed till further notice.

“Governor Ortom has appreciated the people of Benue State for the cooperation and understanding”.

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