Following the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 which has claimed several lives globally, the Enugu State Government has suspended all forms of social gatherings in the state.
The government also directed civil servants in the state to henceforth work from homes and the immediate closure of all educational institutions in the State.
Announcing the decision during a state-wide broadcast at the Enugu State Government House, the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said that the latest move is part of part of measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
He explained that the gatherings suspended include; marriage and burial ceremonies, masquerade festivals, drinking bars, night clubs and all group sporting and recreational activities.
The governor however said that health workers, forest guards, neighborhood watch personnel, water corporation staff, waste management operatives, staff of Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, Fire fighters and all those involved in essential services will continue to work.
“All public transport operators in the state are to observe the following rules on passenger conveyance: “Keke- not more than two passengers, commuter buses- not more than two passengers pee seat, city cab- not more than 3 passengers” he explained.
He commended health care providers in the state for the commitment and dedication they have shown in the fight against the virus.
“All public places must observe a high level of hygiene by using sanitizers and frequent hand washing as earlier advised by the state ministry of health” he said.
Speaking further, he said the social distancing protocol as advised by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control must be observed during public religious worships as well as in restaurants and eateries.
He noted that the law enforcement agencies in the State have been directed to enforce strict compliance with the above stated measures.