The Osun State Government has banned all social activities and gatherings for 2020 Osun Osogbo Festival because of the spike in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
A statement by the Culture and Tourism commissioner in the State, Hon Obawale Adebisi, on Wednesday noted that only authorised persons and worshippers will be allowed into the grove.
He said the government only approved the observance of traditional rites and routines associated with the festival.
“The position of the government became necessary because of the spike in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
“The State Government of Osun is by this medium informing the general 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,” he ended.