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#EkitiAlert: #Ekiti Govt. imposes curfew, bans public gathering of more than twenty.

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The Ekiti State Government has imposed a curfew from 8.00 pm to 6.00
am and as well banned all gatherings of more than twenty people in the
state until further notice. These restrictions take effect Monday 6 am
January 11, 2021.

The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon
Akinbowale Omole announced these new guidelines in Ado-Ekiti on
Sunday, citing the alarming rate at which the second wave of COVID-19
is spreading in Nigeria and elsewhere
as reason for these drastic steps.

He said there is need for the government to be proactive and take
decisive steps to secure the citizens from falling prey to the second
wave of the pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives all over the
world recently.

He 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.

Hon Akinbowale Omole 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 observe their religious
worships, the government allows for two services to take place on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday accordingly and that all these services
should not extend beyond 2.00pm on such days.

He 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.

He added that the State Covid-19 Response Committee put in place by
Ekiti State Government and other relevant enforcement agencies would
be going round to ensure compliance with these directives and any
person or group of persons caught violating the guidelines put in
place to curtail the pandemic in the state will be prosecuted and
sanctioned accordingly.

The Information Commissioner called on all top government
functionaries both at the State and Local Government levels, Local
Government Chairmen, Kabiyesis and law enforcement agencies not only
to obey Covid prevention protocols themselves, but also to monitor
compliance and report any violation to the Covid-19 Response Taskforce

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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