The Osun State government has said it would not allow countdown to New Year ceremonies and cross over nights by religious bodies and groups during the New Year eve.
A statement by the Secretary to Osun State Government, Wole Oyebamiji, said the government had directed security operatives in the state to enforce the directives without exception.
Oyebamiji said that other directives aimed at curbing the spread of the Coronavirus were still in force.
The statement read: “In addition, the ban on youth carnivals still subsists.
“Also, all social clubs, hotels, departmental stores, supermarkets, event centres and allied centres are to henceforth operate at half of their capacities and observe COVID-19 protocols.
“Wearing of face masks at public places is equally compulsory.
“We want to appeal to all residents and citizens to cut down on social gatherings, including weddings, naming ceremonies and funeral ceremonies so as to reduce the spate of exposure and contact with possible carriers visiting the stage during the Yuletide.
“Also all towns and cities are to put on hold the annual days through physical attendance and change such to the virtual version.
“We assure all citizens and residents that the Government is insisting on all these measures in their collective interest.
“Therefore, let’s all join hands with the Government to keep Osun safe.”
In a related development, Ogun state Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Governor Dapo Abiodun to allow churches to conduct the popular annual event.
CAN in a letter urged Governor Abiodun to allow churches to conduct the crossover to new year service.
The government had earlier issued a statement cancelling the services in view of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government stressed the need to avoid spread of the virus through large gatherings at worship centres.