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Rivers bans open religious worship, night clubs, cinemas, others

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The Rivers State Government has prohibited open religious worship, all public parks, night clubs and cinemas temporarily to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Nyesom Wike in a statewide broadcast yesterday explained that the decision was taken after reviewing current development across the country and the need to further strengthen prevention measures to keep Rivers people safe.

“After due consultation with religious leaders, it was agreed that all religious organisations are to temporarily stop all forms of open worship. Public burials and wedding ceremonies are also banned within this period.

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“In view of the fact that the disease spreads fast through physical contact, social distance has become imperative if we are to contain the spread,” he stated.

Wike directed chairmen of the 23 council areas of the state to ensure that public burials and weddings do not take place in their respective domains.

“Local government chairmen are to be held responsible if public burials and weddings take place in their domains. Government will set up monitoring teams for the 23 council areas to ensure compliance and defaulters will be seen as enemies of the state and will be made to face sanctions accordingly,” he said.

He stated with effect from today, surveillance posts would be set up at following borders of the state: Emohua for motorists coming from Delta and Bayelsa states, Omerelu for those coming from Owerri, Okehi for motorists from Imo State through Etche, Akwuzie in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Council Area for motorists from Imo State, Oyigbo Toll Gate for motorists coming from Aba and Opoku in Khana Council Area for motorists coming from Akwa Ibom State.

He explained that marine entry points such as Port Harcourt and Onne Ports, Nembe, Bille, Bonny and NLNG jetties would be under surveillance, adding each of the surveillance posts would be manned by trained health and security personnel who would ensure that motorists and seafarers are tested before they are allowed into the state.

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