The Oyo State government has cancelled the 10 to 4 night curfew initially imposed on state residents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The review and subsequent cancellation of the curfew was announced in a statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde.
According to the statement, the decision to lift the curfew follows the presentations made by relevant stakeholders and health experts at the task force meeting held on August 31, 2020, and presided over by the governor.
The statement noted that the decision 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.
The Governor however warned night club operators not to allow persons in closed areas within their premises, adding that research has confirmed that the virus spreads faster when people cluster in closed venues.
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, the statement added.
The government further warned residents of the state to continue to observe all COVID-19 health and safety protocols as the state “is not completely out of the woods with regards to COVID-19.”
The statement also informed that Governor Makinde has directed the EOC not to relent in data gathering and analysis in order to appropriately situate the context of the virus within the state.