Following the caution from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to all the State Governors on danger of allowing football viewing centres to operate amid the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, Kwara State Government has said football viewing centres are not allowed to open yet.
The State Government said, allowing
such facilities to open could be a dangerous window for widespread transmission of the Covid-19 among viewers.
According to a statement released by the spokesperson of the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye and made available to the pressmen said the government is aware that the English Premier League commences tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th.
“This is to state clearly that viewing centres are not allowed to open under any guise during this pandemic. Doing so will actively promote the spread of the virus, endanger people’s lives, and further stretch public resources to the limit”
Ajakaye added that the state on Tuesday, recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 168 in the state.
He, however said, “the government fully appreciates and apologises for the inconveniences this restriction means for some businesses and football enthusiasts, said the step is to ensure that lives are protected, and it can not be compromised”
Ajakaye, however said “the government similarly warns against mass gatherings (crowded weddings/clubbing/partying) of any kind at this time. Violators shall come under the full weight of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.”