COVID19:  Benue reviews measures

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… Says Churches, Mosques holds staggered worship with   curfew 6am to 8pm still in force

By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The Benue State Executive Council alongside the  State Action Committee on COVID-19 on Thursday reviewed the measures put in place by the committee through the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of the pandamic ravaging the entire world with Nigeria not in exception.

Briefing Journalists shortly after the end of the meeting at Government  House, Makurdi, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom announced that the prevailing curfew in the State remain in force between the hours of 6am to 8pm until further notice and anyone found fraustrasting the curfew will be made to face the wrath of the law.

Governor Ortom  also made the following resolutions as presented to Nigerian NewsDirect as follows;

Workers on grade levels 1 to 12 who were asked to stay at home are to resume work on June 1, 2020 while workers are advised to always wear face masks and maintain social distancing as they go to work,

Churches and Mosques with effect from today Thursday, May 21, 2020, are to hold staggered worship sessions. which implies that a Church or Mosque which before now held two worship sessions should henceforth conduct four sessions in a day.

The Govvernor also announced that Street trading is encouraged but strictly obeying social distancing protocol on COVID-19. Markets will be partially opened to enable traders access their shops, and fumigation of markets will be carried out periodically.

He reemphasized that Inter-state movement remains prohibited, except those on essential services and encouraged Benue people  to intensify their farming activities while the issue of school resumption is to be reviewed in the next 14 days.

It could be recalled that Benue State Government had ion t  April  31 shutdown churches, mosques and markets shortly after the pronouncement of the COVID19 index case in the State.

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