Osun State government has announced extension of the existing lockdown in the state, expected to expire yesterday, Thursday, April 30.

The state governor, Adeboyega Oyetola, who disclosed this in a statement released via his Twitter handle on Thursday, added that the lockdown will be eased as from Monday, 4th May, 2020.

The governor said that the extension of the lockdown was to avoid escalation of community transmissions of coronavirus  disease.

He said, “Good people of Osun, as you are all aware, the two weeks lockdown expires at midnight today.

“But to avoid escalating community transmission of COVID-19, we have decided to extend the lockdown by another three days, starting from 11.59 pm on Thursday 30th April till Sunday, 3rd May.

“All the prevailing lockdown conditions shall continue during this period, and violators shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.

”Therefore, I urge you all to continue to adhere with the lockdown directives.

“However, starting from Monday, 4th May, 2020, the lockdown will be eased and new rules shall be enforced in line with the recommendations of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF; the approval of Mr. President and our peculiar situation in Osun State.

“There will be a partial lockdown between 6 am and 5 pm from Monday to Thursday to enable the people to go about their businesses and allow the government to run.

“However, total lockdown shall be in force from 6 pm on Thursday to Sunday.

“There shall also be a dusk to dawn curfew from 6pm – 6am starting from Monday to Thursday until further notice.

“Movement of vehicles and persons is outlawed during the period of the curfew except for verified medical emergency cases and those on essential duties.

“The ban on public, religious, political and educational gatherings remains in force. Also, all major markets shall remain shut.

“Citizens must observe such protocols as social distancing, hand-washing and wearing of masks at all times in public places.

“Businesses are expected to provide liquid soap and running water and hand sanitisers, while supermarkets should not have more than 10 persons at any time in their store.

”Inter-state travels are forbidden and as such, our boundaries remain closed.

“There shall be no vehicular and human movement into and out of the State except trucks carrying medicals, beverages, foods, petroleum, construction and agriculture supplies.

“These supply vehicles shall not carry more than three persons.

“Also, intra-city commercial transportation will be permitted from Monday to Thursday every week from 6 am to 5 pm, but transporters are required to adhere to strict social distancing directives.”

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