It is now compulsory for Anambra State residents, workers to wear face masks in public while also observing all Covid-19 protocols outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as the government looks ahead to opening up the economy.
A statement in Awka, Thursday, by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, stated that the state governor Willie Obiano has directed all workers, civil servants and teachers to return to work from Monday May 4.
The statement didn’t indicate that schools have resumed as it instructed pupils and students to “remain at home and follow Anambra Teaching On Air through ABS radio, ABS TV and ABS online platforms.”
The SSG stated that no one will be allowed into any government offices without face masks, while workers are reminded to wash their hands, use hand sanitizers, observe six feet physical distancing, avoid hugs, hand shakes and avoiding public gatherings of more than 30 people.
The government, which had previously allowed the opening of places of worship, banned vigils, called for short religious services and for congregants to disperse immediately after service.
Insisting that all public places must observe strict personal hygiene protocols, the statement warned that commercial or private vehicle will not be granted access into the state and “ambulances or vehicles conveying dead bodies would be denied access until the ministry of health confirmed the cause of death and convey same to the Commissioner of Police.”
The SSG called on bereaved families “to bury their loved ones as soon as death occurs without gathering of more than 30 persons and wearing face mask.”
The statement noted that government had resolved to check the influx of persons into the state through informal routes by strengthening the enforcement of border closures through community efforts.
He stated: “Political appointees, majorly Special Assistants to the Governor are hereby posted to designated border locations to support enforcement actions by the Police and other security agencies.
“Porous and informal border points in various local communities with little presence of formal security, will henceforth be manned by youths who will help stop any form of movement into the State from those locations.”
Warning against extortions at the borders, Chukwudobelu stated that independent monitoring teams will oversee the activities of those at the borders while vigilance groups will support the enforcement of the border closures.
He continued: “Henceforth, vehicles conveying goods must be searched to ensure they are not transporting human beings. Such trucks conveying food items and essential goods must not carry more than three persons at a time.
The statement advised all indigenes of the state to “remain wherever they are in the country presently,” as the government wants to ensure a strict border closure to all travellers into the state.