Ekiti State Government has imposed a 8pm to 6am curfew and banned all gatherings of more than 20 persons until further notice as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Mr Akin Omole who announced the new guidelines via a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday cited “the alarming rate at which the second wave of COVID-19 is spreading in Nigeria and elsewhere as the reason for these drastic steps.”
The restrictions, according to the state government take effect on Monday, January 11, 2021.
The commissi9ner said there was the need for the government to be proactive and take decisive steps to protect the citizens from falling prey to the second wave of the pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives all over the world.
He urged the people to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols of wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing strictly and also abide by the curfew and new restrictions placed on public gatherings by the government.
Omole added that the curfew placed throughout the state would be strictly enforced, “except for those that can prove that they are on essential services.”
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 the new directives, adding: “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.”