In the wake of the increasing number of coronavirus pandemic in the country, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma has announced the shutdown of the state secretariat till further notice.
The former lawmaker cautioned residents to avoid gathering more than 100 persons in the state.
The governor made the announcement during a live broadcast on Sunday.
He revealed new measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 due to its resurgence in the state.
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“I want to emphasize that there is an absolute need to avoid gathering of crowds of more than 100 people anywhere in the state. Where such crowds must gather, those involved MUST wear face masks. There should be wash handstands readily available with alcohol-based sanitizers at such gatherings.
“To further strengthen safety measures, all government workers are to stay at home from tomorrow, Monday, December 21, till further notice, except for permanent secretaries and political appointees. This means that the state secretariat, which is a major crowd puller, will remain closed, from tomorrow until further notice,” the governor said.
Governor Uzodinma also ordered the compulsory use of face masks in public, noting that, “mobile courts have been deployed all over the state to try any person caught without wearing face masks.”