Obiano threatens to shutdown markets that violates COVID-19 protocol

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has given all the markets in the state one week to set up the necessary safety standards and ensure proper compliance.

He warned that any market found violating the standards after one week shall be quickly shut down.

Obiano during a broadcast said that administration has taken a string of hard decisions to stamp out the renewed spread of the pandemic before it gains a serious advantage over the people.

“The Covid-19 Action Teams in all our 61 markets must ensure full compliance to the standard Covid-19 protocols. They must set up a hand-washing point at the entrance to each market, take the temperature of visitors to the markets and ensure that both traders and their customers are wearing their facemasks properly.

“All markets in Anambra State are given one week to set-up the necessary safety standards and ensure proper compliance. Any market found violating the standards after one week shall be quickly shut down.

“All government offices must observe the standard Covid-19 protocols – washing of hands at the entrance, wearing of facemasks, regular use of hand sanitizers and strict observance of social distancing. Nobody will be allowed into any government premises without properly wearing a face mask.

No one should step outside their homes without wearing a facemask.The ban on nightclubs is still firmly in place. Hotels are directed to ensure strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols. There should not be more than 50 people in any public gathering.

Transport operators are advised to revert to all the practices that helped us during the first wave of the pandemic. They must ensure social distancing inside the vehicles and maintain a passenger manifest.

Schools are advised to revive the Covid-19 structure and practices that helped protect our children during the first wave of the pandemic. Schools in Anambra shall not re-open on January 18, 2021 as earlier scheduled.

“Rather, schools will re-open after two weeks from today to enable the principals and teachers prepare for the return of our children. We commend school proprietors and administrators in the state for their careful handling of the first wave of the pandemic. However, we expect even more from them this time.

“Churches and other religious organizations are advised to set up Action Teams and go back to the practices that helped us in the first phase of the pandemic.

“We shall align with any policy on a possible nationwide curfew by the Federal Government to ensure effective compliance.

“Our test centers are active and ready to handle cases with impressive turnaround time. We hold the record of the shortest turnaround time in the country today. We have cascaded our sample collection to all the 21 local government areas in the state.

“For the sake of emphasis, nobody should go to any market, public places, church, schools, enter any transport, attend functions as stated above without properly wearing of facemasks.

Finally, the investment we made in setting up an Oxygen Production plant at COOU Teaching Hospital, Amaku has started to pay off. When we made that investment, we had no idea that sooner than later, Oxygen would become such a priceless commodity.

“Today, I am delighted to announce a donation of 450 Cubic meters of oxygen to select hospitals in the state to help us in the fight against the pandemic. The modalities of distributing the commodities shall be worked out and announced by the Ministry of Health.

“Everyone must play their own part well for us to survive. As a government, our key strategy is testing, treating and tracing Covid-19 cases in line with the guidelines given by the World Health Organization and the Nigerian Disease Control Center” Obiano stated.

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