Ekiti State Government has imposed a curfew from 8.00 pm to 6.00 am and banned all gatherings of more than twenty people in the state until further notice, with effect from Monday, January 11, 2021.
Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon Akinbowale Omole announced these new guidelines in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, citing the alarming rate of the spread of coronavirus amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria as the reason for the drastic steps.
Omole urged the people to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols strictly and also abide by the curfew and new restrictions placed on public gatherings by the State Government.
He called on the people to ensure that they wear their nose masks properly, wash their hands with soap and use hand sanitizer regularly, as well as keep social distance to avoid contacting the virus.
Omole added that the curfew placed throughout the State from 8.00 pm to 6.00 am will be strictly enforced except for those that can prove that they are on essential services.
According to the Commissioner, there is also a ban on all public gatherings of more than twenty people while COVID-19 prevention protocol should be strictly observed even in such gatherings.
He expatiated that, to allow faithfuls to observe their religious worships, the government allows for two services to take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday accordingly and that all services should not extend beyond 2.00 pm on such days.
The Commissioner re-emphasized that all worship centers are expected to provide necessary facilities for hand washing, soap, and hand sanitizer at the entrance and infra-red thermometers to take worshippers’ temperature before they are allowed in for service.
Omole assured that Ekiti State Government will continue to do all within its power to ensure that this second wave of the pandemic does not have a foothold in the state.
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