Osun State Government has announced that defaulters of the state’s COVID-19 protocols will pay heavy fines. Hotels, bars, and clubs found to have flouted COVID-19 protocol in the state would be liable to N250, 000 fine while defaulting worship centres would be closed and fined N100,000.

Private hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients would be shut and the owners’ practicing licences withdrawn.

This was disclosed in a public service announcement titled, ‘COVID-19: Osun rolls out fines for defaulters,’ and signed by the Deputy Governor and chairman, COVID-19 Task Force in the state, Benedict Alabi.

In the statement, the government expressed concern over the recent rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

According to the government, Mobile Courts would be deployed to impose fines on defaulters beginning from Monday. The government’s Joint Task Force would henceforth engage in more stringent enforcement.

The statement partly read, “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 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Hospitals caught treating COVID-19 patients shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ practicing licences withdrawn,” it continued.

The statement added, “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.”

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