The Ogun State government yesterday insisted that the State would continue to maintain the window of relaxation for the implementation of the second phase of the 14-day lockdown.
This, the government said would allow the State strike a balance between public safety and the welfare of the citizenry.
Governor Dapo Abiodun who made this declaration while addressing journalists at his residence in Iperu, Ikenne local government area of the State, added that the window of relaxation of the lockdown would be between 7am to 2pm every 48 hours, starting from Monday, April 20.
Governor Abiodun also disclosed that the relaxation of the lockdown would allow residents buy foods items and conduct other business activities.
He said the window of relaxation for the remaining seven days of the lockdown would be subject to review.
The State had maintained the same window of relaxation of the lockdown arrangement during the first phase of the 14-day lockdown.
The Governor said, “My dear fellow citizens of our Ogun State, we appreciate the serious health need to curb the spread of the virus and prevent those who have not contracted the virus from contracting it. But there is also the important need to strike a delicate balance between public safety and welfare of the citizenry.
“In this regard, Ogun State residents will have a window of relaxation from the renewed 14-day lockdown in the State will be Monday (20th April), Wednesday (22nd April) and Friday (24th April, 2020). The period of relaxation will be between the hours of 7am and 2pm on each of these days.
“This means that citizens are expected to remain indoors tomorrow Saturday, April 18, 2020; Sunday, April 19, 2020; Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 as period of the lockdown.”
“Let me also re-emphasise that while the window of relaxation is being observed, all interstate and international borders of our dear State will remain closed. As usual, all personnel on essential services will be given access to perform their duties. This window of relaxation of the lockdown will be reviewed from time to time”.
“I enjoin our people to scrupulously spend the window periods to restock on food items and conduct essential businesses during the period of the extended lockdown. We must understand that we cannot afford to be complacent or lower our guards, even as we maintain this delicate balance between people’s welfare and healthcare. We must only go out if there is need to do so”, Governor Abiodun affirmed.
The Governor revealed that the State had commenced the local production of one million face masks to be distributed to residents of the State for free, after which, the State would embark on strict enforcement of non-usage of face masks in public.