The Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has directed that the Oyo State civil service be shut down for two weeks from, Friday, March 27, 2020.
The governor stated this when giving an update on the measures put in place by the state COVID-19 Task Force to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
The governor affirmed that Only workers rendering essential services will be required to report for duty.
The governor added that new guidelines on public transportation have been issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation so as to ensure proper hygienic standards and social distancing.
The governor further said all transport operators and park managers are to provide at the entrance to their respective parks/garages, hand washing facilities with soap and running water. Adding that they must provide alcohol-based sanitizers in their vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors, and passengers.
Governor Makinde maintained that standing is prohibited in public mass transit buses and there must be a minimum of one seat interval between passengers. Tricycles limited to three passengers and commercial motorcycles are limited to one passenger only.
The governor disclosed that the State COVID-19 Task Force has received reports of a few private schools flouting the directive for the closure of schools. And a task force from SUBEB, TESCOM and the Ministry of Education have been authorized to take appropriate action against any school flouting this directive.
He, however, said the Ministry of Health has met with religious leaders to ensure compliance with the directive that gatherings are limited to a maximum of 30 persons.