Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has ordered a total lockdown of four local government areas of the state to curtail community spread of COVID-19.
Movement in the affected local government areas would be restricted for seven days in the first instance, during which period all markets will remain shut.
The local government areas are; Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West.
A statement today by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, explained that the decision to lock down the four councils was a sequel to the meeting between the government and the stakeholders from the area.
Egbemode said the lockdown would commence on Tuesday, July 7, and last for one week, after which the government will review its decision based on the level of compliance by the people.
She further explained that the state was closely monitoring other Local Government Areas with rising numbers of those testing positive for COVID-19 in the state, and may in the days ahead, lock down more areas.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our curfew will still run from 9.p.m to 5.a.m daily in other parts of the State, except the locked down LGAs. In furtherance to the above, for the other parts of the State, the ban on political, public, religious, and any kind of gatherings under whatever guise remain in force, while worship centres must adhere strictly to government’s guidelines guiding their re-opening.
“The government will not hesitate to shut down any of the worship centres that violates our guidelines.
“For the four local government areas, all markets will remain shut, only neighbourhood markets and Pharmacies will be allowed to open.
“There must be strict adherence to stipulated physical distancing, the use of face masks, and observance of all other precautionary measures and established protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,” the statement reads in part