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Breaking: Ebonyi Govt Shuts Down Religious Gatherings, Markets, Drinking Joints, March 30 Over COVID-19

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The Ebonyi State Government on Saturday, 28 announced the shutting down of religious gatherings in the state over the COVID-19, with effect from March, 30, 2020.

In a statement by Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, Ebonyi State Government said it has observed with dismay that some religious organizations were disobeying Government directives on public gathering, by mounting loud crusades, conducting wedding and burial ceremonies as well as other gathering outside their worship centres, in contravention to State Government laid down rules.

The statement further stated that consequent upon the development, Ebonyi State Government has decided to shutdown all religious gatherings in the State effective from 30th March, 2020 to 14th April, 2020, in other to protect the lives of the people from the scourge of COVID-19.

Parts of the Statement read;

“Government will not like to cause embarrassment to our religious leaders.

“Government, therefore requests Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ebonyi State, Chapter and leadership of other religious organizations in the State to ensure that this directive is fully obeyed by every religious group in the State, as Christians as well as other religious groups are encouraged to pray from their homes”

“Ebonyi State Government is concerned that with 2 cases of COVID-19 having been confirmed in Enugu State, Government cannot in any way afford to risk the lives of Ebonyians, hence these directives”

The statement therefore advised Ebonyi people to take the fight against COVID-19 very seriously by observing government’s directives on the dos and don’ts of COVID-19 preventive measures.

In a similar development, the Ebonyi State Government has announced that with effect from Monday, 30th March 2020, all market and shops that are not dealing on essential commodities be shutdown.

“In like manner, all drinking joints, sports and sporting activities as well as other forms of public events are hereby shutdown”

“This means that the shops that will be allowed to remain open are: Vegetable, foodstuff and fruits market, meat market, building materials, medical shops, hotels, hospitals, pharmaceutical stores, spare parts dealers and other allied essential services”

“Government further called on farmers, especially the rice millers and other food processing industries to expedite action on food production, to ensure availability of food to the general public, in case there is need for total lockdown of activities in the State”

“Government is also considering inter-senatorial partial movement restriction in the state from Monday, 30th March, 2020”

“Ebonyi State Government has prepared quarantine, isolation and treatments centres at the border between Enugu and Ebonyi State as well as Unity Square, with one holding area at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (AE-FETHA) where suspected cases will stay, if the test result is positive, he/she will be moved to any of the isolation/treatment centres”

“Members of the public are enjoined to supply information about the returnees from outside the country or from other parts of Nigeria the statement stated.

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