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The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has relaxed the ongoing lockdown order imposed on the state i!!!mn a bid to allow  residents of the state to engage in their daily businesses to earn a better living.

Governor Fayemi who stated this while addressing Ekiti people on the efforts so far on COVID-19 in Ekiti state, said that Ekiti people would now be able to go about their daily activities from Monday to Friday starting from June 1.

' commencing from tomorrow, June 1, 2020, Ekiti people will now be able to go about their daily activities from Monday to Friday, 6am to 8pm in the evening. For avoidance of doubt, the dustk to dawn curfew will daily resume at 8pm till 5:59 am of the following morning'.

 The Governor said that Ekiti State public officers on Grade Level 8 and above are to resume for duty from June 1, 2020, while those on Level 7 and below are to remain at home for the time been. According to him, restrictions on interstate boundaries and other regulations are still in force.

Speaking on reopening of market, Dr. Fayemi said that Government is considering reopening the major markets to permanent shop owners, after the outcome of the engagement process that is ongoing on the relocation of roadside traders to the available alternative markets being prepared for them.

"The reopening will be subject to compliance with specific conditions and protocols that are being determined". Fayemi added.

The Governor said that he has directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to commence a stakeholders’ engagement, including teachers, parents, vendors, school administrators and school owners, immediately, for a common position on the best way to manage the situation in opening the schools.

He said that a similar committee will be engaging with the religious organisations to fashion out a workable protocol that would enable the religious houses to reopen very soon without jeopardising the lives and health of worshippers.

The Governor who stressed further that existing restrictions on human and vehicular movement would continue to be observed in accordance with existing regulations contained in the Ekiti State Coronavirus, Disease (Prevention of Infection), Regulations 2020, however, advised Ekiti people to continue personal hygiene procedures and commend the efforts of front lines workers at this trying period.

" I would like to express my immense appreciation to our frontline medical personnel, taskforce team, security agents and the general public. We are also indebted to the esteemed Members of the COVID-19 Response Resource Mobilisation Committee (RRMC), under the chairmanship of Prince Julius Adeluyi-Adelusi for their tremendous contribution to the fight. We owe them immeasurable appreciation for the procurement of the Mobile Molecular Laboratory and other critical interventions that the Committee has provided".

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