The Osun State Executives Council, on Tuesday, placed a ban on the annual youth carnivals and countdown to the new year rallies as well as ceremonies across the state over the spread of Coronavirus.

The State Council also issued new directives that groups, associations and residents of the state must comply with, to limit the spread of the disease in the State.

Part of the new directives is that all social clubs, hotels, departmental stores, supermarkets, event centres and allied centres are to henceforth operate at half of their capacities.

The Council in a statement signed by State Secretary to the Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, appealed to the citizenry to cut down on social gatherings for weddings, naming ceremonies, funeral ceremonies.

These guidelines according to him were made in order to reduce the spate of exposure and contact with possible carriers visiting the State during the Yuletide period.

Cases of coronavirus continue to rise nationwide as the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), on Monday reported 356 new COVID-19 infections in the country.

The State Executive Council, however, announced the new directives after its meeting held on Monday to discuss emerging national issues, including the management of the pandemic.

The Council expressed worry over what it described as appalling and abysmally low level of compliance of residents of the State with the existing COVID-19 protocols.

Council directed local governments and local council development authorities to form enforcement/suasion committees to save the situation and further spread of the pandemic.

Also, the Executive Council directed the citizenry to embrace the use of face masks in public places, washing of hands with soap and water, hand sanitizer and social distancing as compulsory steps to avoid infections.

The council pleaded with the citizenry to continue to take their health seriously as their personal responsibility and enjoin all to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols.

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