Breaking: Ekiti State Reopen Schools, Event Centers, Gives New Directives for Religious Services

The government of Ekiti State has announced that students across the state can now resume for their academic activities.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by the governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Sunday.

According to the statement, the schools in the state are safe to reopen to continue their learning activities after the COVID-19 induced closure in March starting from September 21, 2020.

However, the students are to resume in batches starting with students in the second stage of their Senior Secondary studies and the third year of the junior secondary schools, (SSS 2 and JSS 3) and also students in their last stage of primary education (Pry 6) who are to resume on September 21.

After which the students in their first year in senior secondary schools and second year in jenior secondary schools (SSS 1 and JSS 2) as well as students in Primary 5 and 4 will resume on the 28th of September, 2020 which is a week later.

Furthermore, the students in their first year in secondary schools (JSS 1) and students in Primaries 1-3 are to resume on the 19th of October, 2020.

The pupils in Kindergarten and Nursery Schools are expected to resume on November 2, 2020 when more assurances of safety for their age bracket would have been established.

The statement further revealed that tertiary institutions across the state are permitted to reopen for academic activities from 2nd of October, 2020.

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However, their resumption is to be subjective to their level of readiness and compliance with the established COVID-19 preventive protocols.

The governor reiterated that they are to liase with the state’s COVID-19 Tast Force for guidance on the appropriate measures to take before reopening of the schools.

New Guidelines for Religious Services in Ekiti

Furthermore, Governor Fayemi gave new guidelines for religious services across the state.

The new guideline permits all places of Worship to hold two services on Fridays, Saturdays or Sunday but still keeps the ban placed on mid-week activities and night vigils in check.

Ekiti State Lifts Ban on Event Centers

The Sunday directives finally allows owners of event centers and halls across the state to reopen for operations, but with moderation.

All events centers and halls, if to be used, are to hold no more than 50% of its initial capacy, this the governor said is to allow for social distancing within the halls.

Lastly, the events centres are expected to observe all protocols prescribed for religious centres and to obtain certificate of readiness before opening.

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