Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Osun State Government has banned social activities and gatherings at the 2020 Osun-Osogbo Festival.
However, it approved the observance of traditional rites and routines associated with the festival.
Also, only authorised persons and worshippers would be allowed into the grove, according to official directive.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Obawale Adebisi, who announced the decision in Osogbo, said the position of the government became necessary because of the spike in the number of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
“Osun State Government is using this medium to inform 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.
“To this effect, the State Government of Osun has banned all social activities associated with the celebration of the 2020 Osun-Osogbo Festival and prays that subsequent festivals will be better celebrated at the exit of the current pandemic.”
Meanwhile, the state government has felicitated with the Ataoja of Osogbo land, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun Larooye (II), and the people of Osogbo, on the celebration of the 2020 Osun-Osogbo festival.