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Anambra may shutdown markets over breach of COVID-19 protocols says Government

Amawbia (Awka South LGA)-Anambra State Government has announced that it may consider shutting down markets in the state for a second time as a result of breach of COVID-19 protocol.

Gov. Willie Obiano said this during his broadcast to Ndi Anambra at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The governor expressed his dissatisfaction at the Market Leaders, who he said appear indifferent to the people entering the markets without protective coverings.

“I have it on good authority that traders in various markets no longer comply with enforcement of wearing of face masks and the washing of hands.

“I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not halted with immediate effect.

“I have also received similar reports from those monitoring Churches and other religious groups in the state. Most of their members have stopped wearing face masks.

“I urge the leadership of all religious bodies in Anambra State to ensure compliance with standard protocols of COVID-19 without further delay,” Gov. Obiano directed.

While cautioning against flouting of COVID-19 protocol, the governor noted that his administration had signed the state COVID-19 Laws, emphasising that defaulters would face the wrath of the law.

“Under this new COVID-19 Law, it is an offence to be seen in public without wearing a face mask.

“The offence attracts a fine of N10, 000 or some hours of Community Service. I will like to re-emphasize that my administration is determined to enforce this law,” Gov. Obiano said. 

Source: Anambra State Government