Osun State government has banned all activities heralding the New Year, including countdown ceremonies and cross-over services in churches.
A statement by Mr Wole Oyebamiji, the Secretary to State Government, in Osogbo, said 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 state 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 Government is insisting on all these measures in their collective interest.
“Therefore, let’s all join hands with Government to keep Osun safe.”