Nigeria: Osun Eases Lockdown in Four LGAs

14 July 2020

Osun State Government has approved the ease of lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in four local government areas (LGAs) with effect from the midnight of yesterday.

A statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Wole Oyebamiji titled, 'Osun govt. approves conditional ease of lockdown in four local government areas' on Monday said the decision was based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders, as well as civil society groups within the axis.

The statement said stakeholders had assured that safety guidelines would be strictly adhered to by the residents of Ilesha East, Ilesha West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West LGAs that had been locked down since Tuesday, July 7 upon discovery of community transmission of coronavirus.

The statement read in part, "Physical meetings and mass gatherings in any form remain banned in that axis and indeed throughout the state till further notice.

"Notwithstanding the ease of the lockdown, enforcement of safety protocols - especially the use of nose mask in public places - must be continued in the axis, and non-adherents will be sanctioned.

"The State Government wishes to reiterate that any form of breakdown in adherence to the safety protocols against COVID-19 in the four local government areas, shall force the government to reimpose the lockdown."

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