Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has directed all civil servants from Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for the next 30 days, effective from Wednesday.
The Governor, who made this known in a state broadcast on Tuesday said the directive became necessary to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The Governor, however, said that workers providing essential services such as Security, Health, Media, Street cleaners and Water supply and Energy are exempted from this directive.
Lalong said; “In view of the crowds associated with markets, government is directing all markets to close effective 25th March 2020. Only traders selling food items, pharmaceuticals and cooking gas are to remain open.
“In addition, all street trading, street hawking, and begging are prohibited. The weekly Sunday markets at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and environs are hereby banned.”
“Motor parks are to capture and keep data including contacts of all inbound and outbound passengers as well as adhere strictly to social distancing and mass gathering prohibition order as well as hygiene regulations adding that “Henceforth, all entry points into Plateau State by land and air will be subjected to preliminary tests.”
The Governor also directed all worship centres to reduce congregation to not more than 50 persons with a 2-metre spacing interval as well as provide running water and soap for handwashing, and sanitizers at their entrances.
“We also directed that all funerals, weddings and other social events should have only family members and relations not exceeding 50 people in attendance, while cultural festivals and anniversaries were suspended until further notice.” He said
To ensure total compliance, the state government has set up a Task Force on Enforcement and Monitoring, which will be chaired by the governor to coordinate, evaluate and review developments on the disease in the State.
Governor Lalong said the task force will also give updates to citizens from time to time while also urging citizens and visitors coming into Plateau State who recently returned from overseas or knows that they have had contact with any of the confirmed cases in the country to self-isolate for 14 days.
Lalong said in the event that they exhibit any symptoms such as cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, they should immediately call the following emergency toll free numbers to report;