The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has directed that all religious worship centers must be restricted to a maximum period of two hours service.
Umahi also banned large gathering of people in the state.
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He made this known on Friday at the new government house, Abakiliki.
The decision followed the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Governor Umahi also directed the deputy governor, Kelechi Igwe, and the State COVID-19 team to ensure massive sensitization and public enlightenment campaign so as to embrace the COVID-19 protocols.
He said the fresh approach was to ensure no case is recorded in the state in the second wave of the virus.
“We must go back to observe all the protocols of COVID-19 enunciated by the Presidential Taskforce.
“I have directed that church services should not last more than 2 hours.
“I have also directed that we should step up our testing before the end of January.”
“We must have to accomplish the target of the Presidential Task Force by testing at least 450 persons per Local Government.
“I have suspended large gathering of people in Ebonyi State.
“We have returned to the wearing of face masks in all public places and in our homes.”
“During this Christmas, I am appealing that we curtail our movements.
“The initial night of praise will no longer hold in the state.
“The usual end of year party will not hold,” he said.
Similarly, the governor later handed over officially the 300-bed space capacity isolation center built by his administration at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki.