Nigeria’s Ekiti State has imposed a curfew and banned all gatherings of more than 20 people due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) second wave.
The state Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Akinbowale Omole, who announced the 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew did not state the period when it would lapse.
The restrictions are expected to start today.
Citing the alarming rate at which the second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is spreading in the country, Omole said there is need for the government to be proactive and to take decisive steps to secure the citizens from the second wave of the pandemic that claimed thousands of lives recently.
The commissioner said that the curfew would be strictly enforced, except for those on essential services.
To allow for religious worship, the government ordered two services for large congregations, which should not go beyond 2p.m.
He added that the State COVID-19 Response Committee and other relevant enforcement agencies would be going round to ensure compliance with these directives, and any person or group of persons caught violating the guidelines would be sanctioned accordingly.