COVID-19: A’Ibom Gov signs quarantine, restrictions of movement law
By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo
The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has signed a Restriction of movement of persons and vehicles law in and out of the state, as a measure controlling and preventing the spread of Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 ravaging the world.
Governor Udom has also nominated the state Commissioner of police Imohimmi Edgal to lead the taskforce for enforcement of the law.
In a release signed by the Commissioner for Information Mr Charles Udoh and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday, public burial ceremonies, Weddings as well as other forms of social gatherings in the state are prohibited.
The statement reads in part: “Public burials, weddings and other forms of social gathering prohibited.”
Udoh explained that highlight of the law include: shutting down of eateries, shops, public motor parks, clubs, restaurants, markets and offices to remain closed except for sales of foodstuffs, drugs and essential commodities. He said the law allows tricycle operators to carry one passenger while buses and private cars are permitted to carry one passenger per row and back seat of the car respectively.
On social distancing, Udoh maintained that the law expects churches, mosques and other religious worship to observe one metre apart by members with only 20 persons in the gathering while sanitizers and running water must be available in such gathering.
“Churches, Mosques and other places of religious worship to observe one metre social distancing space requirement and not more than 20 per gathering and must provide sanitisers and running water for hand washing.”
He said all borders and in and out roads to the state would remained closed and only those on essential duties such as government officials, security agencies , fire service personnel , health workers and food suppliers as the law become effective from 30th March , 2020. “All borders and roads leading in and out of the state closed. Those on essential duties exempted, eg Govt officials, security and fire service personnel, health workers, food suppliers. Law takes effect from Tuesday March 30, 2020 to April 30, 2020.” he said.