Written by Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kwara state government imposed a partial state lock on Wednesday.
The lock takes effect on Thursday, December 24, 2020, and it is between midnight and 4:30 a.m. until further notice.
The state also said that “proper use of a face mask in public places is mandatory.” Razak Raji, vice president of the state technical committee for COVID-19, told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, adding that “concerts / carnivals / clubbing are not allowed until further notice. Worship centers must not allow congregations that exceed 50 percent of the maximum capacity of the venue. This allows for physical distancing.
“Other gatherings (formal and informal) exceeding 50 people are not allowed. Therefore, the protocol ‘No face mask, no entry’ must be applied in all public places. “
Dr. Raji, who is also the state commissioner for health, added: “Civil servants must work from their homes. The only exception is basic workers, especially in the health sector. Virtual meetings are encouraged.
“Carriers should implement all COVID-19 protocols, including the proper use of face masks by drivers and passengers. Appropriate sanctions will be applied to non-payers.
“Security agencies will apply all legal means to implement these protocols. Non-payers are considered to be a danger to public health. The provisions of the National Regulations on Infectious Diseases Kwara 2020 will apply to all offenders.
He said that “there will be further communications about continuing education”, insisting that “these new guidelines are subject to review depending on the situation”.