As festive season approaches, the Oyo State Government, has cautioned against contravening coronavirus preventive guidelines put in place to mitigate spread of the pandemic across the state.
It said the need to ensure that citizens are protected from spread of the deadly respiratory disease as projected by stakeholders in the health sector during expected second wave of the infection.
The virus, government argued, was still around and that it was imperative for residents to continue adhering to strictly to the COVID-19 safety protocols as measures to mitigate impending disaster.
The government through an advisory by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) which was contained in a statement by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, said that it was important that residents are conscious of their health during festive periods.
The advisory indicated that Oyo residents should, at this period, follow the direction of the state-sponsored advocacy on COVID-19, #Own Your Action, noting that responsible living and strict adherence to the guidelines will help the state to curtail the spread of the disease during the festive period.
Continuing, the government also commended residents of the state for the efforts made so far in complying with the COVID-19 prevention measures in the state.
“The State Government salutes the resilience and fortitude with which members of the public have carried themselves in spite of all the challenges faced in the year 2020. We believe as the year comes to an end, and another year is on the horizon, the hopes and aspirations of the citizens of the state will be actualised.
“With this, it is expected that as responsible citizens of our dear state, we will continue to comply with the COVID-19 prevention measures in public places especially offices, shopping malls and outlets, schools, recreation centres and any location outside the homes,” the statement said.
Furthermore, the government urged visitors and residents of the state would have to be responsible in organising social events, noting that all events must be organised in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
The state government also restated its commitment to work assiduously in delivering on its promises to the citizens, noting, however, that residents should “share the joy and not the virus,” at the period.
“The reality of end of year social activities which involves traveling into and also within the state will soon commence with the festivities. This is to implore visitors and residents of the state to be wise and responsible in attending and organising social events in compliance with the state COVID-19 advisories.
“Thus, religious and community leaders, organisers of end of year programmes including children parties and concerts, as well as owners of recreational facilities, are to remember that the pandemic is ongoing, and to ensure the orderly conduct of their activities to prevent widespread infections in the State.
“The government of Oyo State will continue to work assiduously to deliver on her promises to the citizens. Let’s make this a season to ‘spread the joy, not the virus,” the statement read, while wishing all residents happy celebrations.