Osun State Government has said it will from Monday, August 3 be imposing fine on defaulters of measures put in place to combat COVID-19.
The Deputy Governor Mr Benedict Alabi, who doubles as Chairman of COVID-19 Taskforce, made this known in a statement he signed on Sunday.
The Statement partly reads, “with effect 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.
“Hotels, clubs and bars that flout COVID-19 safety protocols 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Hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ practising license withdrawn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.
“Having examined the rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State in recent times, the State Government of Osun is worried that in spite of the various measures taken to ensure the safety of its citizens, some individuals and institutions have continued to aid the spread of the virus through their flagrant disregard for government’s guidelines.
“The State Government of Osun will continue to take necessary steps towards ensuring the safety of its citizens.