Anambra Suspends Midnight Curfew, Cites Appreciable Compliance With COVID-19 Guidelines

Awka – Anambra state government has suspended the 9pm to 6am curfew, one of the measures introduced to check the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

The midnight curfew had commenced on Monday, 8th of February, 2021, with night clubs and bars, mostly affected.

In a release made available to TNC on Thursday, the Secretary to Anambra State government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu revealed that the state COVID-19 Task Force had reported an increase in the observance of COVID-19 preventive guidelines in the state, hence the decision to suspend the curfew.

He said Governor Willie Obiano has directed the suspension of the curfew with effect from 6am, Saturday, 13th February, 2021.

According to Chukwulobelu, the state is not relenting, with its various interventions, including public enlightenment, engagement with market leaders, churches, hospitals and other stakeholders, aimed at stopping the spread of the virus in the state

“It has been observed that Anambra citizens and residents have become conscious of the threat to life that COVID-19 poses. There is appreciable compliance to the Covid-19 preventive guidelines issued by the government. We are not relenting, as we shall continue with our various interventions, including public enlightenment, engagement with market leaders, churches, hospitals and caregivers, and other stakeholders with the aim of stopping the spread of the virus in our state,” Prof Chukwulobelu said.

 

Continuing, he said that, “Governor Willie Obiano has directed the suspension of the curfew with effect from 6am, Saturday, 13th February, 2021. However, it is important that our people continue to adhere to the guidelines earlier issued.

“These include wearing a protective facemask when in public places and outdoors, maintaining social distancing at public gatherings, washing hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds each time and using hand sanitizers regularly.

“If you suspect that you are showing symptoms of Covid-19, or feel unwell, contact the nearest hospital immediately. Do not self-medicate.”

Concluding, Prof. Chukwulobelu reminded the people that mobile courts have already been set up to try those who violate these guidelines.

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