The FCT Administration has threatened to shut down major business premises in the nation’s capital Abuja over its failure to comply with COVID-19 guidelines to prevent further spread of the deadly virus.
Head, Media and Public Enlightenment of the FCT  COVID-19 task force, Ikharo Attah who disclosed this while monitoring compliance in some shopping malls and business premises across the city, however, advised them to go for the former rather than hamper their business activities.
Ikharo warned that the FCTA would “not hesitate to shut down shopping malls, Maitama farmers’ market and business premises in the city that fail to comply with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
“From what we observed, there is high compliance by costumers and visitors to these malls and business premises, sadly, the same cannot be said of the workers and operators of shops and other businesses in the malls.
“A situation in which owners of shops and their workers believed that the guidelines and health protocols are for costumers and visitors is highly unacceptable. The health protocols are for all to observe.”
According to Ikharo, the COVID-19 health protocols which were very simple include wearing of facemasks, points for washing of hands, and maintaining of physical distancing, even as he frowned at the situation where some shopping malls do not even have crowd control policies, leading to a contravention of the physical distancing guideline.
He revealed that at the Maitama Farmers’ market, his taskforce observed strong disregard for the protocols as most people were not wearing facemasks and there was only one washing point at the market.
Three persons were therefore arrested at the market as the taskforce vowed it would shut it down on a next visit if the violations persisted.
Other places visited were the Jabi Lake Mall, Novera Shoprite Mall along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road, and some business premises at Wuse and Maitama Districts.