Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has declared that starting from the second week of September, people in the state will be required to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards before gaining access to public spaces.
The places where such requirements will be requested before gaining access include but not limited to banks, wedding reception venues, churches, and mosques, the governor declared on Monday.
According to Obaseki who spoke during the flag-off of the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations in the state, evidence of at least one dose of vaccination will be requested at the gate of such public places before access can be granted.
Obaseki said adequate arrangements had been made with security forces to enforce the order, which he added would remain in place until the pandemic is gone.
“Beginning from the second week of September 2021, large gatherings, as well as high-traffic public and private places will only be accessed by persons who have proof of taking at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination.
“People who have not yet been vaccinated at all will depend on remote access to these gatherings.
“From the second week of September, people may not be allowed to worship in churches and mosques without showing proof of their vaccination cards at the gates.
“Similarly, people will not be allowed at event centres, receptions or parties, without showing proof of their vaccination cards.
“People will not be allowed to access banking services from the middle of September 2021, if they are not vaccinated.
“We have made adequate arrangements with security agencies to prevent anybody who doesn’t have vaccination cards to access any of these places.
“We are doing this to protect our citizens and all these measures will remain until the pandemic passes away,” the governor declared.