COVID-19 protocol breach: Osun churches, mosques to pay N100,000 fine

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Effective from Monday, August 3, 2020, the State Government of Osun says it will begin enforcement of stronger punitive measures on defaulters of the COVID-19 safety protocols.

In a statement on Sunday, it stated that “hotels, clubs and bars that flout COVID-19 safety protocols 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.”

It added that private hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ practising license withdrawn.

Again, “individuals who flout the safety protocols of the state government, after being tried, shall be sentenced to community service.”

Motorcycles that exceeded approved loading capacity shall also be seized and  the owner fined N2,000.

“Buses and mini-buses that violate the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N5,000,” the statement further indicated.

The state government said it was concerned about the rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state in recent times.

“The State Government of Osun is worried  that in spite of the various measures taken to ensure the safety of its citizens, some individuals and institutions have continued to aid the spread of the virus through their flagrant disregard for  government’s guidelines,” it added.

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