The Osun State Government has approved the observance of traditional rites and routines for the 2020 Osun-Osogbo Festival.
It however placed ban on social activities and gatherings associated with the festival.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Obawale Adebisi
Adebisi said the position of the government became necessary because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
“The state government is by this medium informing the public that this year’s celebration of Osun-Osogbo festival will be symbolic, as only the worshippers that will perform ritual activities will be allowed into the grove.
“These worshippers must however, comply with the state government’s COVID-19 protocols.
“To this effect, the government has banned all social activities associated with the celebration and prays that subsequent festivals will be better celebrated at the exit of the current pandemic,” Adebisi said.