Coronavirus: Enugu gov orders workers to work from home, bans social, political gatherings

Determined to stem the spread of coronavirus in the Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Tuesday ordered the ban of all forms of social and political gatherings with immediate effect.

Ugwuanyi said that in addition to the above measures, there would now be a suspension of marriage and burial ceremonies, masquerade festivals, drinking bars, night clubs and all group sporting and recreational activities.

The governor who gave the directive in a state-wide broadcast also announced that civil servants and public servants in the state would henceforth work from their respective homes.

According to him, “with immediate effect, all educational institutions in the State stand closed, adding that “public officers/civil servants to work from home till further notice except health workers, forest guards, neighbourhood watch personnel, water corporation staff, waste management operatives, the staff of Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, firefighters and all those involved in essential services.”

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He also ordered that “all public transport operators in the state are to observe the following rules on passenger conveyance:

“Keke – not more than two passengers, commuter buses- not more than two passengers per seat, city cab- not more than 3 passengers.

“All public places to observe a high level of hygiene by use of sanitizers and frequent hand washing as earlier advised by the Enugu State Ministry of Health.

“The law enforcement agencies in the State have been directed to enforce strict compliance with the above-stated measures.”

Governor Ugwuanyi also advised residents of the State to make provisions for basic needs as they await further advice.

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