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Osun Rolls Out Penalties For Worship Centres, Bars, Found Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines

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Tobi Adebayo 

The Osun State Government has rolled out fines for worship centres, hotels bars, and clubs, that flout COVID-19 guidelines in the state.

The state government said this in a public service announcement on Sunday and said its Joint Task Force would henceforth engage in more stringent enforcement.

“From Monday, August 3, 2020, the State Government of Osun will begin enforcement of stronger punitive measures which will include the deployment of Mobile Courts, imposition of fines on defaulters and more stringent enforcement exercises by the Joint Task Force.

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“Hotels, clubs, and bars that flout COVID-19 safety protocol shall be closed and fined N250,000 before they can be reopened. Defaulting worship centres shall be closed and fined N100,000 before they can reopen. Private Hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ practicing licences withdrawn

“Individuals who flout the safety protocols of the State Government, after being tried, shall be sentenced to community service. Motorcycles that exceed approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N2,000. Buses and mini-buses that violate the approved loading capacity shall be seized and fined N5,000,” the statement read.

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