Oyo cancels lifts curfew as Covid-19 cases decline

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday lifted the 10p.m. curfew imposed on the state to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman of the Task Force Governor Seyi Makinde, in a statement, said the cancellation followed a series of review by the task force.

Meanwhile, the Governor through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Taiwo Adisa, warned operators of night clubs to desist from accommodating persons in closed areas within their premises, adding that research has confirmed that the virus spreads faster when people cluster in closed venues.

He added that an advisory would be sent to night clubs owners by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) arm of the task force, which will warn operators not to allow guests into their enclosed areas.

Adisa, while noting that the state “is not completely out of the woods with regards to COVID-19”, explained that the decision by the Governor Makinde-led Task Force to abolish the curfew was premised on the need to reduce the burden on business owners in the state, whom, it said, has been affected by the curfew, especially since the COVID-19 situation has begun to improve in the state.

He said though it appeared that COVID-19 cases are coming down in the state, “the confidence interval could not be determined yet”, warning residents not to jettison the guidelines on the prevention of the virus, including washing of hands, social distancing and use of nose masks.

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