Yuletide: Oyo government cautions residents against Covid-19

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The Government of Oyo State on Tuesday, warned residents to continue to strictly observe the COVID-19 safety protocols, as it declared that the virus is still very much around.

An advisory by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), of the State, warned that COVID-19 “is still very much around with us”, adding that residents of the State must strictly adhere to safety protocols, even during the Yuletide.

The advisory indicated that Oyo residents should, at the period, follow the direction of the state-sponsored advocacy on COVID-19, #Own Your Action, noting that responsible living and strict adherence to the guidelines would help the State to curtail the spread of the disease during the festive period.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the advisory by the EOC equally commended residents of the State for the efforts made so far in complying with the COVID-19 prevention measures in the State.

The statement reads, “The state government salutes the resilience and fortitude with which members of the public have carried themselves in spite of all the challenges faced in the year 2020. We believe as the year comes to an end, and another year is on the horizon, the hopes and aspirations of the citizens of the State will be actualised.”

“With this, it is expected that as responsible citizens of our dear State, we will continue to comply with the COVID-19 prevention measures in public places, especially offices, shopping malls and outlets, schools, recreation centres and any location outside the homes,”.

The statement warned that in light of the end of year activities and forthcoming festivities, visitors and residents of the State would have to be responsible in organising social events, noting that all events must be organised in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

It implored visitors and residents of the State to be wise and responsible in attending and organising social events, in compliance with the State COVID-19 advisories, as the reality of end of year social activities, which involves traveling into and within the State, would soon commence with the festivities.
The statement read, “Religious and community leaders, organisers of end of year programmes, including children parties and concerts, as well as owners of recreational facilities, are to remember that the pandemic is ongoing, and to ensure the orderly conduct of their activities to prevent widespread infections in the State.”

The government promised to continue to work assiduously to deliver on its promises to the citizens, noting, however, that residents should “share the joy and not the virus” at the period, while wishing all residents happy celebrations.

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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