The Osun State Government has ordered the reopening of markets and places of worship in the State.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, on Wednesday.
In a new guideline easing the lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said all markets are now allowed to commence full operations while worshipping centres that were restricted to once weekly meetings can now commence their weekly services, subject to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The statement read in part, “The State Government of Osun has appraised the current status of the State in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and has decided to relax some of its lockdown measures following some emerging positive indices.
“In the light of this, approval has been given for the full reopening of all markets and worship centres in the state, for the pur se of serving the needs of the people on the one hand and to preserve the means of the traders’ livelihood on the other.
“All citizens, whether traders or clients, are urged to continue to wear nose masks in public places, and also ensure regular use of hand sanitizer especially at the end of every exchange.
“The government has also granted approval for worship centres to commence their normal weekly activities in addition to the Friday jumat and Sunday Services.
“Worship centres are enjoined to observe the regular precautionary measures of wearing of face masks, hand washing, tecontactsscreening and avoidance of physical contacts in public places.”