The Osun State Government has placed a ban on social gatherings and other activities at this year’s Osun-Osogbo festival.
The festival which will still hold with traditional rites will only be witnessed by authorized persons.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon Obawale Adebisi, made this known as part of the state’s precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
Adebisi said: “The Osun State Government 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.
“To this effect, the State Government 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,” Adebisi explained.