As part of measures to curb a potential second wave of the COVID-19 virus, the Cross River State Government has ordered the immediate closure of night clubs until further notice.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, gave this directive in a statement in Calabar at the weekend .
Edu advised private and public organisations to work from home and admonished residents to always use their face masks in public places at all times or face sanctions.
“It is no longer news that the second wave of COVID-19 is already raging in Nigeria with increase number of persons being infected with the virus, especially during the festive period as people traveling from one point to the other,” she said.
“The Cross River State COVID-19 Response Team seeks immediate action by members of the public to prevent further spread of the virus in our state. All night clubs must immediately close until further notice.
“Use of hand sanitisers and regular washing of hands to avoid infection is strongly recommended for individuals, while public and private establishments are required to provide these in their premises,” the statement reads.
The statement added that the 10:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. curfew earlier imposed by the state government was still in place, as the ‘No Mask, No Movement’ directive must be enforced in all public places, among others.
Prior to this directive, there had been reports that most residents of Calabar no longer adhered to the COVID-19 safety protocols, even as the state government cancelled this year’s Annual Calabar Carnival as one of the measures to prevent the spread.