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COVID-19: FCTA to Enforce Compulsory Use Of Facemasks As Second Wave Spreads

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued new COVID-19 guidelines to regulate social gatherings, workplaces and markets as parts of measures to curb further spread of the virus within the territory; top amongst which is compulsory use of facemasks in public.

This is as the Edo State government has urged caution and compliance with safety measures as part of collective effort to curb the spread of the virus amid rising cases.

Also, from Kaduna State, the result of a test conducted on Governor Nasir El-Rufai for COVID-19 on Wednesday came out negative, even as the governor has sought the cooperation of residents in halting the spread of the coronavirus.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, read the guidelines, when he reactivated the Enforcement Task Force on COVID-19.

He stated that the enforcement team would be on the streets in Abuja to ensure compliance and enforce the compulsory use of facemasks and mandatory temperature checks in public places and business premises.

He explained that the FCTA would ensure strict enforcement of the guidelines.

He also stated that the FCTA would be working closely with the judiciary through the mobile courts system under existing approved laws.

The minister described as unacceptable the high figures of COVID-19 cases recorded in the FCT in the last three weeks, stressing that there was an urgent need to contain it from escalating.

He noted that it was mandatory for all staff members, including visitors and customers entering workplaces, shops and business premises to wear facemasks that should cover their mouths and noses.

“No mask, no entry, no service. All office and business premises must have a hand washing station with running water and soap or hand sanitiser.

“Employees, who are feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, should notify their supervisor immediately, or stay at home and seek medical attention to confirm diagnosis by doing a COVD-19-test.

“While the above guidelines regulate formal workplace and business environments, the holiday season demands that we also place special emphasis on marketplaces, places of worship and entertainment as well as recreational centres, which traditionally attract large gatherings during this period,” he said.

He further noted that all extant regulations issued as conditions for reopening of places of worship on June 4, 2020 subsisted, while urging heads of various congregations to ensure compliance.

Similarly, he said all extant regulations guiding the operations of entertainment and recreational centres were still in place while he enjoined operators to ensure strict compliance.

The minister urged public transportation facilities such as buses, taxis and tricycles to also obey the already established protocols.

Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task Team on Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols, Mr. Ikharo Attah, said the team would visit offices and businesses to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

Edo Govt Urges Caution, Compliance with Safety Guidelines

The Edo State Government has charged residents to be cautious and observe precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus amid rise in the number of cases in the second wave of the pandemic.

Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, in a statement, reiterated the need for Edo people to, during the yuletide season, observe all precautionary measures against the spread of the pandemic in order to remain safe and healthy.

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