Governor Rotimi Akeredolu cancels New Year cross-over vigil in churches

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has cancelled the celebration of cross-over vigil held by churches in the state to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking at a press briefing in Akure on Wednesday, chairman, Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee on Coronavirus Prof. Adesegun Fatusi said no church service organised in respect of the New Year celebration must exceed 10 pm until further notice, in line with the Federal Government’s directive on curfew.

Prof. Fatusi, who is also vice-chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, said government and business offices would remain open but with strict compliance of COVID-19 precautionary measures.

He also said markets would continue operations but with heightened enforcement of COVID-19 precautionary measures.

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Fatusi warned night clubs and relaxation spots not to operate beyond 10pm and advised anybody above 60 years of age or with existing ailments to remain indoor and disengage from joining any social gathering.

He said the state would begin strict enforcement of the law that guides against the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the state from January 2021.

Fatusi said the law provided for three months imprisonment or payment of N20,000 fine or both for offenders.