Osun and Ekiti state have gone into total lockdown to prevent community spread of the new coronavirus.
As the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Saturday evening announced new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with Osun having its second confirmed case, the State Government on Sunday announced a total lockdown while Ekiti state with no new case also announced a lockdown for an initial period of fourteen days.
Ekiti governor announced that the curfew will be effective from 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, March 30, 2020 until 23H59 (11:59pm) on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Osun state government said all land boundaries would remain shut from midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2020, while movement within the state would be restricted from Tuesday, March 31.
The Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, disclosed this during a statewide broadcast in the early hours of Sunday said only individuals on essential duties, such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be allowed to move around the state starting from Tuesday.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Kayode Fayemi disclosed via his social media page on Sunday said “purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti State for an initial period of fourteen days. This is in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Ekiti State.
“There shall be restriction of movement across the length and breadth of Ekiti State, with all our borders closed. That is a full and total shut down of Ekiti State, and a 12-hour dusk to dawn curfew in Ekiti State from 7:00pm – 7:00 am. All Ekiti residents are hereby directed to STAY – AT – HOME.
Those who are performing essential services will be allowed to move around, particularly health workers, but must be duly designated with an identity card by the Head of their Institutions. Individuals and institutions providing the following services shall be exempted from the restrictions:
i. Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary;
ii. Production, distr ibution and marketing of food and beverages,
pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages
iii. Environmental and sanitation activities
iv. Staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce
and digital service providers;
v. Members of security agencies assigned on lawful duties;
vi. Staff of Banks and similar financial institutins;
Staff of fuel stations.