By Peter Akinbote, Osogbo
The Osun State government has warned hotel, bar and club operators against flouting COVID-19 guidelines.
The state government also warned religious centres, including churches and mosques to operate within the COVID-19 protocols.
The governement said whoever flouted the protocol would be shut down and laible to fines.
Hotels, bars and clubs that flout the order will pay N250,000 and churches and mosques will pay N100,000, according to the state goverment.
Also, the state government warned that motorcycles that exceed approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N2,000, adding that buses and mini-buses that violate the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N5,000.
For private hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients the state government threatened to shut their facilities and withdraw owners’ practicing licences.
In a public service announcement titled, “COVID-19: Osun Rolls Out Fines For Defaulters,” by the state deputy governor and chairman, COVID-19 Task Force in the state, Mr. Gboyega Alabi, expressed concern over rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state in recent times.
He said mobile courts would be deployed to impose fines on defaulters beginning from Monday.
He also said a Joint Task Force of the government would henceforth engage in more stringent enforcement.
“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 protocol shall be closed and fined N250,000 before they can be reopened. 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Hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ practicing licences withdrawn.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.”