COVID-19: Face Masks Now Compulsory In Anambra, Vigils, Night Worship Banned

  • As Work Resumes On Monday

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Anambra State Government has mandated all citizens to compulsorily wear face masks as well as observe other personal hygiene protocols as stipulated by the World Health Organization and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for the prevention and containment of the novel Covid-19 pandemic.

The state government also charged traditional rulers, presidents-general, community leaders and security agencies to enforce the order on compulsory wearing of face masks across the state so as to sustain the coronavirus-free status of Anambra.

The government in an official statement signed by the Secretary to the Anambra State Government Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu and made available to journalists in Awka on Thursday, also disclosed that apart from the wearing of face masks and observance of simple personal hygiene protocols, the state governor Chief Willie Obiano has equally directed that all civil servants and teachers should return to their offices from Monday next week.

The statement reads,”Excellency, the Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, has directed that civil and public servants in the state, including primary and secondary school teachers resume work on Monday, 4th of May, 2020.

“Pupils and students should still remain at home and follow Anambra Teaching On Air through ABS radio, ABS TV and ABS online platforms.

“All workers in the state, and indeed all residents should procure protective face masks as this is now compulsory in Anambra State.

“Workers and visitors will not be allowed access into the state secretariat and other government offices if they are not wearing face masks.

“All should always observe strict personal hygiene protocols such as washing of hands regularly for 20 seconds each time, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, maintenance of physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet between people, avoidance of hugs, kisses and handshakes as stipulated by the World Health Organizations (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“These protocols must be followed at public gatherings which should not exceed 30 persons.

“Places of worship should follow these strict personal hygiene protocols before and during worship, including compulsory wearing of face masks.

“The places of worship should not sit more than 2 persons in a pier. The pier behind should be left vacant before sitting of congregants in another pier.  Religious services should not last long.

“Vigils and other forms of religious night worship are not allowed this time.

“Congregants should disperse immediately, and not wait around after religious  service.

“Market places, restaurants, bars, bus stops and all other such public places must also observe the strict personal hygiene protocols.

“Families are encouraged to bury their loved ones as soon as death occurs. The burial should not involve more than 30 persons during which the guidelines on social distancing and wearing of face masks must be strictly observed.

“Ndi Igwe, Presidents-General of Town Unions, Community Leaders and Law Enforcement Agencies are to ensure that the above guidelines are strictly complied with and enforced,” the statement concluded.

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