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COVID-19: We are not reopening churches, mosques yet – Oyo Gov

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the reality of the time does not permit the reopening of schools in the state.

The governor also disclosed that the restriction occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic on religious and social gatherings in Oyo State may not be lifted as soon as envisaged by stakeholders in the state.

Makinde, while delivering an address at a special plenary to commemorate the first year anniversary of the state Assembly, said the state should not be in a hurry to fully reopen.

He said, “We have held off from reversing our directive on religious gatherings. We saw what happened when a private organisation did not follow the advisories we provided to the letter.

“Over 50 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in Oyo State can be traced to this organisation. So, I take this opportunity to, again, plead with our religious leaders to be patient with us. We are keeping eye on the numbers and will adjust this directive at the right time. Schools won’t be reopened yet.”

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