BENUE State government has embargoed all celebrations, religious programs, picnics, and social gatherings during the yuletide to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The government also directed that church services be restricted to one hour with a limited number of worshippers.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, and his counterpart in the Health Ministry, Dr. Joseph Mgbea, Thursday in Makurdi reeled out the new directive from the State Action Committee on COVID-19.
According to Mrs. Addingi, “the Action Committee has already met with religious leaders, and it was agreed that COVID-19 protocols of regular handwashing/sanitizing and personal distancing must be strictly observed, monitored and implemented in all religious gatherings.
“Also, all churches and mosques activities must carry half the capacity of the churches and mosques at each service, and anyone that flouts the directive would be sanctioned accordingly.
“The state government also ordered the closure of all drinking spots and restaurants but granted the operators of such outlets the opportunity to offer only take-away services.
“All schools in the state have also been directed not to resume before January 18, 2021,” the Commissioner added.
On his part, the Health Commissioner appealed to all those above 50 years to routinely go for medical attention whenever they come down with fever or cough for early detection and treatment of the disease.

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