Ekiti government imposes curfew and bans gatherings of more than 20 people
The Ekiti state government has imposed a 20:00 to 6:00 curfew and has also banned all gatherings of more than 20 people in the state until further notice.
These restrictions will take effect from 5:00 AM on Monday 11 January 2021.
Commissioner for Information and Values Guidance Hon Akinbovale Omole announced the new rules on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, citing the alarming speed at which the second wave of COVID-19 is spreading in Nigeria and elsewhere. as the reason for these drastic steps.
He said the government needs to take the initiative and take decisive action to ensure that citizens fall victim to the second wave of the pandemic, which has recently claimed thousands of lives around the world.
He urged people to continue to strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols, as well as comply with the curfew and new restrictions imposed by the state government on public gatherings.
Hon Akinbovale Omole urged people to properly wear nose masks, wash their hands with soap and regularly use hand sanitizers, and maintain social distance to avoid contracting the virus.
Omole added that statewide curfews from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am will be strictly enforced, with the exception of those that may be on major services.
According to the commissioner, there is also a ban on any public gatherings of more than twenty people, while at such gatherings, the COVID-19 prevention protocol should also be strictly followed.
He explained that in order for believers to observe their religious cults, the government allows two services to be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, respectively, and that all these services on such days should not continue after 14:00.
He reiterated that all worship centers must provide handwashing facilities, soap and hand sanitizer at the entrance, and infrared thermometers to measure the temperature of believers before they can enter the service.
He added that the State COVID-19 Response Committee, set up by the Ekiti State government and other relevant law enforcement agencies, will work to ensure that these directives are followed, as well as to ensure that any person or group of people found to be in violation of the rules established for limiting the state of the pandemic will be prosecuted and sanctioned accordingly.
The Information Commissioner called on all senior government officials at the state and local level, local presidents, Cabiesis, and law enforcement to not only comply with COVID prevention protocols, but also monitor compliance and report any violation to the COVID-19 Task Force to respond immediately.
Omole pledged that the Ekiti state government will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that this second wave of the pandemic does not take hold in the state.
Source: – Daily Post