To stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osun State government has rolled out penalties for worship centres, hotels, bars, and clubs, that flout COVID-19 safety guidelines in the state.

The state government said this in a public service announcement on Sunday, adding that  its Joint Task Force would henceforth engage in more stringent enforcement.

The statement reads, “From Monday, August 3, 2020, the State Government of Osun will begin enforcement of stronger punitive measures, which will include the deployment of mobile courts, imposition of fines on defaulters and more stringent enforcement exercises by the Joint Task Force.

“Hotels, clubs, and bars that flout COVID-19 safety protocols shall be closed and fined N250,000 before they can be re-opened. Defaulting worship centres shall be closed and fined N100,000 before they can reopen. Private hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ practicing licences withdrawn

“Individuals who flout the safety protocols of the state government, after being tried, shall be sentenced to community service. Motorcycles that exceed approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N2,000. Buses and mini-buses that violate the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N5,000.”


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