By Golok Nanmwa,Joa
Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong on Friday ordered security operatives to fully implement the COVID 19 restriction in the state .
A statement signed by Dan Manjang
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Plateau state made available to newsmen in Jos also called on security operatives to arrest defaulters .
The statement reads that “Further to the broadcast made by the Governor of Plateau State Hon. Simon Bako Lalong on measures taken to contain the dreaded COVID-19 Virus,it has been observed that many citizens are yet to comply with the restriction orders issued to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the State.
“Therefore, the Governor as the Chairman of the Task Force on
Monitoring and Enforcement has directed that beginning from today, Friday 27th March 2020, security agencies will embark on full enforcement of the measures earlier
outlined to deal with the Corona Virus Disease.
“Consequently, members of the public are warned in their own
interest to abide by the restriction order as security officials will arrest
and prosecute anyone found violating the order.”
For the avoidance of doubt, the restriction order includes the
following measures amongst others.
Closure of all markets (except those selling food items,
pharmaceuticals and cooking gas)
No congregation of more than 50 people at places of worship etc,
and strict observance of 2- metres social distancing where up to 50 people
congregate, as well as provision of hygiene materials such as water, soap and
Prohibition of street trading, street hawking, and begging
Ban on weekly Sunday markets at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and
Closure of all drinking joints, social centres and night clubs
Mandatory provision of take-away packs by restaurants to avoid crowding
Cancellation of all festivals and anniversaries
Strict adherence to 2-metres social distancing in motor parks
and inside all transport vehicles and tricycles .
Capture of data of inbound and outbound passengers at all motor
parks in Plateau State.
. Preliminary tests for
Covid-19 at all land and air entry points into Plateau State
. 14 days self-isolation for
overseas returnees or those who know that they have had contact with any of the
confirmed cases in the country.
Avoidance of unnecessary
movement and travels.
In addition, members of the public who exhibit any symptoms such
as cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, should immediately call the
following emergency toll free numbers to report:
This total enforcement will continue until full compliance is
achieved as all these precautionary measures are aimed at safeguarding the
possible occurrence of the disease in the State.