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COVID-19: Ekiti shuts hotel, guests flee

Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

Operatives of the Ekiti State Task Force on COVID-19 have shut down a popular hotel in Ado Ekiti, (names withheld) for operating against government’s regulations to contain the spread of the virus.
An elaborate wedding party attended by a large crowd of guests in which physical distancing was not observed landed the hotel in trouble.
The hotel, located on Ilawe road in the state capital, was also sealed off for breaching government’s order on lockdown.
The unexpected swoop on the hotel by the Task Force brought the wedding to an abrupt end as some of the guests fled on sighting security men.
The hotel has since become desolate as the two main gates leading to the complex and its glass doors leading to its reception were still firmly locked at the time our correspondent visited on Sunday.
The Coordinator of the state COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, said the operatives acted on a tip off that the hotel contravened government’s regulations of gathering more than 20 persons.
He warned residents of the state especially owners of relaxation centres against violating the COVID-19 regulations noting that government won’t relax in enforcing the regulations to safeguard public health.
Aluko said: “We got a report that a wide and an elaborate wedding party was held at Delight Hotel and Suites on Ilawe road and we swung into action to know the veracity of the claim.
“Then we discovered that the hotel actually broke the COVID-19 protocols.
We sent security operatives to go there and check and when the team went to check, they saw a large crowd of people in the hotel eating and drinking.”

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