CORONAVIRUS: Abia bans weddings, burials, other ceremonies above 30 people

CORONAVIRUS: Abia bans weddings, burials, other ceremonies above 30 people

The Abia State Government on Wednesday banned social functions, including weddings and burials, that attract more than 30 people, as one of the measures taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

The state government also said religious gatherings that attract more than 50 people have also been banned for the next one month.

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The state Commissioner of Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, in a statement in Umuahia, the state capital, said while night club activities were banned in the state, hotels and hospitality establishments are directed to screen guests/staff and provide hand sanitizer before they are lodged or allowed access to the facility.

The state government also mandated such hotels to report immediately suspicious cases with full personal details and contact information to the appropriate authority.

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Ministries, departments, agencies and LGA offices in the state are to operate at a maximum of 20% staff strength from Monday, March 30, until further notice.

The statement read in part: “Henceforth, all tricycles (Keke) operators in the state should carry only a maximum of 2 passengers per time and they must sit at the back with only the rider in front.

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“Minibuses popularly called “Oke Bekee” are to carry only 5 passengers per time while 14-seater buses are to carry only a maximum of 5 passengers per time with none in front except the driver.

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