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COVID:19: Cross River returns restriction order, bans nightclubs

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The Cross River State government has announced the immediate closure of all nightclubs in the state and returned some COVID-19 restriction order.

The directive is contained in a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner of Health who also doubles as the state’s Chairman of COVID-19 Response Task Force, Dr Betta Edu on Sunday.

The statement also reiterated some COVID-19 prevention guidelines for individuals and communities like churches, mosques and any form of gatherings.

It reads: “All Night Clubs in Cross River state must immediately shut down until further notice.

“Public and private organizations are encouraged to work remotely from home which is the green zone to reduce contact and prevent spread of Coronavirus. the 10 pm to 6 am curfew imposed by the State Government remains in place.”

“Persons travelling into the state should observe compulsory Isolation for seven days before mingling with members of the public and even family members especially older family members with other disease conditions that makes them more vulnerable to Dying from COVID-19.

“Air and road transporters must ensure the enforce the use of face mask, hand sanitizers and temperature check for all customers before boarding the flight or vehicle. This must be used throughout the duration of the journey to avoid spread. Failure to comply shall lead to sanctions for transporter by Taskforce.”

“Avoid public gatherings and parties as much as possible this period. If you must attend stay alert and protect yourself and love ones at all times. All Event Planners must ensure that any planned gatherings do not exceed 300 people. This is important to prevent reversal sanctions by Taskforce at your event”

“Provision must be made for all guests and service providers to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitizers, as well as undergo a temperature check, which is mandatory, Staff must also be educated on recognising COVID-19 symptoms and must link the state response team ones there is a suspected case.”

“Any and all breaches of these regulations and public health protocols will lead to immediate closure as well as attract heavy fines, and any other sanctions and penalties deemed fit, in line with the Cross River State Public Health Law amended 2020, the protocol of ‘No Mask No Movement’ must be enforced at all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on.”

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