The Adamawa State Government has appealed for cooperation and support from the general public in its efforts to contain the new spike in COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who is worried with the lack of compliance to COVID-19 restrictions, warns that "Coronavirus Pandemic has emerged as a truly global health crisis."
The Governor express disappointment that mandated measures to reduce transmission which include advocacy of behaviours like wearing of face masks, social distancing, washing of hands, and restrictions on public gatherings have not been adhered to by the people, and was quick to remind them of the guidelines on Restriction Of Movement and Matters Incidental Thereto issued in March, 2020 that is still in force and advise the public to adhere to the provisions.
It said social gatherings of more than 50 people at a time is also still in force.
The general public is hereby called upon to adhere strictly to the provisions of the guidelines namely;
1. Compulsory use of face masks in any public gathering or public transport.
2. Social distancing in any gathering.
3. Ensure washing of hands and use of sanitizers.
4. Hospitality businesses such as Clubs, Cinema halls, Event centres, Conferences and Congresses and other similar gatherings with population beyond 100 remain banned.
5. Movement between 10 pm and 5 am is also not allowed.
5. Leaders at Worship centres are therein advised to ensure use of face mask by all, while ensuring social distancing.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also pointed out that this is done following identification of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus and directives in line with safety measures by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and what Adamawa State Government can do to intensify things to help bring the rate of infections down.
The Governor has therefore warned that "Any Club, Event centre or business premises so directed found contravening this rule will be closed down". While security agencies have been directed to ensure strict adherence to these protocols and any other protocol imposed by the Federal Government.
"I am of the view that we should not wait, as happened earlier, for this virus to again spiral out of control before taking action.
the world is facing a surge in Coronavirus cases and hospital admissions, We want people to follow the rules in order to avoid stricter measures which looks increasingly likely, Meanwhile, Government will ensure that all health facilities are prepared and ready to handle any eventualities."
Press Secretary to the Governor of Adamawa State