Today, I met with members of the state taskforce on COVID-19.
The meeting reviewed measures taking so far in the fight against the global pandemic in the state.
At the end, the following was agreed:
- As a state, we will implement the two weeks “Gradual Ease” of the lockdown by the Federal Government.
- Our borders will remain closed for another two weeks.
- The 8pm to 6am daily curfew remains in force for the next two weeks.
- Civil servants on grade levels 1-12 to remain at home for another two weeks while the Head of Service was directed to work out a plan for gradual return of all affected staff to work.
- Muslims are allowed to hold their prayers but must abide by the existing rules.
- Churches with large auditoriums that can contain as much as 100 persons can hold their service but must maintain the social distancing rule.
Although Bayelsa is among the states that has the least case of the COVID-19, we still need to be vigilant. We are optimistic that within the next two weeks things will improve but in the meantime, I urge you all to play your role as we continue the fight against the virus.