Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has announced a two-week holiday for all civil servants in the state as from 27 March as his government rolled out measures to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
Makinde made the holiday announcement on Wednesday on his Twitter handle and said only workers rendering essential services would be required to report for duty.
He said that the state still has just one confirmed case of Coronavirus.
He said the person infected is receiving treatment at the isolation centre at Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan.
“The returnee from the USA, but a resident in Oluyole Local Government Area is still asymptomatic. She has completed her 14-day self-isolation period (March 8 to March 22),” the governor stated.
He said the State Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation has issued guidelines on public transportation, to ensure proper hygienic standards and social distancing.
“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.
” They are to provide alcohol-based sanitizers in their vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors and passengers.
“Standing is prohibited in public mass transit buses and there must be a minimum of one seat interval between passengers.
“Tricycles are limited to three passengers and commercial motorcycles are limited to one passenger only,” Makinde tweeted.
On enlightenment of residents on the Coronavirus, the governor said sensitisation campaigns in English and Yoruba have commenced in the media.
Street to street public announcements have also started, he said.
“We have received reports of a few private schools flouting the directive on closure of schools.
“A task force from SUBEB, TESCOM and the Ministry of Education has been authorised to take appropriate action against any school flouting this directive,” Makinde said.