Osun State Government has approved the ease of lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic in four local government areas of the state with effect from midnight on Monday.
A statement signed on Monday by Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, titled ‘Osun govt approves conditional ease of lockdown in four local government areas,’ 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 in the town.
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.”