Following the rising cases of COVID-19 cases, Osun State Government has said worship centres found to have flouted COVID-19 protocols will be closed and fined N100,000 while hotels, bars, and clubs found to have contravened the guidelines in the state would be liable to N250,000 fine.
The state government made the declaration in a Public Service announcement signed by the Deputy Governor and chairman, COVID-19 Task Force in the state, Mr Benedict Alabi on Sunday.
According to the statement, private hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients would be shut and the owners’ practicing licences withdrawn.
The government said Mobile Courts would be deployed to impose fines on defaulters beginning from Monday, August 3, adding that its Joint Task Force would henceforth engage in more stringent enforcement.
Osun recorded 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday taking the total number of infections in the state to 553.
The state government added that individuals who flout the protocols would be sentenced to community service after being tried while commercial motorcycles and buses that violate the approved loading capacity will be seized and made to pay fines.
“Individuals who flout the safety protocols of the State Government, after being tried, shall be sentenced to community service. Motorcycles that exceed approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N2,000. Buses and mini-buses that violate the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N5,000.
“Having examined the rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State in recent times, the State Government of Osun is worried that in spite of the various measures taken to ensure the safety of its citizens, some individuals and institutions have continued to aid the spread of the virus through their flagrant disregard for government’s guidelines,” the statement read in part.