ABEOKUTA - The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has said the relaxation of total lockdown in the state would take place next week Monday, Wednesday and Friday respectively.
NEWS FLAKES NG had earlier reported that the governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin had said the state would be on total lockdown from Saturday.
But, Abiodun while addressing newsmen on Friday on the update of the COVID-19 in the state held at his residence in Iperu said there would be windows of relaxation during the second phase of 14 days lockdown.
He said the relaxation would be between the 7am and 2pm.
Abiodun explained that there is a need for the state to strike a balance between public safety and welfare of the people of the state.
He however said the relaxation would be reviewed time to time so as to ensure it is inline with the federal government directives.
He said, “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.”
The governor urged the people of the state to use relaxation windows to restock food items and conduct essential businesses during the period of the extended lockdown.
He further enjoined them not to go out if there is no need for it.
He said, “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.”
The governor however said the interstate and international borders of the state will remain closed despite the relaxation window.
He added that the state would give permission do access to all personnel on essential services.