Ahmadu Fintiri, Governor of Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria has appealed for cooperation and support from the general public in his administration’s efforts to contain the new spike in COVID-19 pandemic.
Fintiri made the appeal on Tuesday in a statement issued by Humwashi Wonosikou, his Chief Press Secretary, and expressed worry over the lack of compliance to COVID-19 restrictions in the state.
He lamented that the mandated measures to reduce transmission which include wearing of face masks, social distancing, washing of hands, and restrictions on public gatherings have not been adhered to by the people.
The governor reiterated that the guidelines on Restriction Of Movement and Matters Incidental Thereto issued in March 2020 was still in force and advised the public to adhere to the provisions.
According to Fintiri, social gatherings of more than 50 people at a time are also still banned.
“The general public is hereby called upon to adhere strictly to the provisions of the guidelines namely; compulsory use of face masks in any public gathering or public transport, social distancing in any gathering, ensure washing of hands and use of sanitizers,” Fintiri said.
“Hospitality businesses such as clubs, cinema halls, event centres, conferences and Congresses and other similar gatherings with a population beyond 100 remain banned. Movement between 10 pm and 5 am is also not allowed, leaders at worship centres are therein advised to ensure the use of face mask by all while ensuring social distancing.”
Fintiri also pointed out that this is done following the identification of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus and directives in line with safety measures by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and what Adamawa State Government can do to bring the rate of infections down.
He warned that any club, event centre or business premises found contravening this rule will be closed down, adding that security agencies have been directed to ensure strict adherence to these protocols and any other protocol imposed by the Federal Government.
“I am of the view that we should not wait, as happened earlier, for this virus to again spiral out of control before taking action,” he said.
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