Governor Diri Loosen Up Lockdown In Bayelsa For Easter Celebrations

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The Bayelsa state government has loosen up  the imposition of a lockdown in the state for the Easter celebrations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),reported that the decision of the State government to relax the ongoing lockdown come after an appeal by the state organs of several Christian bodies.

Douye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa announced the resolution at a meeting with members of the COVID-19 task force, security agencies and leadership of the Christian and Muslim communities at the government house in Yenagoa, on Wednesday.

In a statement by Daniel Alabrah,Governor Diri’s acting chief press secretary, stated the measure was definite to church services during the Easter celebrations.

He also said churches with large congregations would be allowed to have 50 persons during services, while 20 people would be enabled to worship in smaller churches.

He warned them to adhere strictly to all the preventive measures, including social distancing of at least two metres, washing of hands with soap under running water.

The governor then categorically stated that after Easter celebrations, the lockdown would return back to status quo to ensure public health safety and forestalling  of COVID-19 in the state.

The stay-at-home order for civil servants and all other earlier standards were extended by two weeks, and would be reviewed every two weeks until the COVID-19 crisis diminishes.

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