The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has canceled cross over services for the Christmas and New Year celebrations in all churches across the state due to the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee Chairman on coronavirus and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Adesegun Fatusi who disclosed this on Wednesday at a press briefing in Akure said it was part of the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.
Fatusi said the state was working assiduously to ensure it records no substantial case during the second wave of the pandemic even as it implored people to pay due attention and observance to the precautionary measures put in place to safeguard them.
According to him, 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.
He added that government and business offices would remain open but with strict compliance of COVID-19 precautionary measures adding that markets would also continue operations but with heightened enforcement of COVID-19 precautionary measures.
He, therefore, warned night clubs and relaxation spots not to operate beyond 10 pm and advised anybody above 60 years of age or with existing ailments to remain indoor and disengage from joining any social gathering.
He further stated that 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.
He said the law provided for three months imprisonment or payment of twenty thousand naira fine or both for offenders.
Acting Commissioner for Health and Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Jibayo Adeyeye, appealed to the media to cooperate with the government in its bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.