Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has directed that all religious worship centers must be restricted to a maximum period of two hours.
Umahi who announced this in Abakaliki during a press briefing said the decision followed the second wave of the Corona Virus pandemic in the country.
He noted that apart from the restriction of religious worship, all large gathering are also banned in the state.
The governor, who also directed the State Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe and the State COVID-19 team, to ensure massive sensitization and public enlightenment campaign to get the people to embrace the COVID-19 protocols, said this would help the state not to record any case in the second wave of the pandemic.
According to the Governor; “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 accomplished the target of the Presidential Taskforce 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 facemasks 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 rather we are not aggregated so that we have smaller gathering that we can control”. he said.
The governor later performed the official handing over of a 300 bed capacity isolation center built by the state government to the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, AE FETHA 2.