Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has signed the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020, which prohibits all public burials, weddings and other forms of public gatherings as part of measures to prevent the outbreak of Corona Virus pandemic in the state.
Briefing Government House Correspondents, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the Regulation was in line with the Quarantine Act Laws of the Federation and Akwa Ibom State Infectious Disease-Control of Spread- Law 2014, stressing that the Regulation restricts the movement of persons and vehicles and directs that commercial tricycles should carry not more than two passengers only, mini buses are to carry not more than one passenger per row while private vehicles should carry two passengers at the back seat and one in the front seat.
According to the act, all public parks, shops, eateries, clubs, restaurants, markets, and offices within the state shall remain closed except for the sales of foodstuffs, drugs, and other essential commodities, while places of worship are directed to strictly observe the social distancing prescription, provide hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers with not more than twenty persons per gathering.
All borders and roads leading into and out of the state have also been closed while all interstate transportation and movement on land, air, and water is also prohibited, adding that the regulations, however, exempts persons on essential duties and food supplies and warns that any person who contravenes the provisions shall be prosecuted.
Government house correspondent Jane Uwa reports that the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 took effect from March 30, and will remain in force till April 30, this year.
MEANWHILE; The Akwa Ibom State Police Command says it will fully enforce the provisions of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 of the state.
State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohinmi, who stated this while briefing journalists, said different taskforces made up of security personnel have been set up to enforce compliance and appealed to the people of the state, especially motorists, to adhere to the Regulations and corporate with security agencies to achieve the desired results.
The state Police Commissioner, however, noted that residents of rural communities engaged in farming, fishing, and hunting as well as palm wine tappers would not be affected by the restrictions of movements, adding that markets that sell foodstuffs will be allowed to open but would be required to close by three o’clock in the afternoon.
Our correspondent Jane Uwa reports that the state police boss therefore advised security agents against extortion of the citizens but to operate in line with the provisions of the Regulation.
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