Anambra state government, Thursday, placed bans on public gathering in the state effective from March 23, 2020 to further notice.
The state, which also urged tertiary institutions operating in the state to proceed on vacation effective 20th of March 2020 until further notice, adviced public and private primary and secondary schools in the state to suspend inter-house sports competitions as well.
“All Primary and Secondary Schools in Anambra state must go on indefinite vacation effective 27th March 2020. The management of all schools in the state must provide hand wash stations at entrance of all schools. They must ensure that all students and visitors wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, allowing their hands to air-dry. It is desirable for parents to provide hand sanitisers for their wards.
“Management of all schools must on arrival to school, take the temperature of their day students. Temperatures above 37.9 degrees Celsius must be reported to the nearest hospital. Management of Boarding Schools are encouraged to take the temperature of their boarding students at least once every day. Temperatures above 37.9 degrees Celsius must be reported to the nearest hospital,” the announcement from the state government house stated allegedly authorised by Governor Willie Obiano.
It further urged traders and their customers “To wash their hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and allow it to air dry. The use of hand sanitisers is strongly recommended if the hands are not visibly dirty. Hand shaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation are strongly discouraged. A distance of 6-feet should be maintained between customers and traders. Leadership of the markets are advised to buy infra – red thermometer to test any cases of their member or customer falling sick in the market.
“All residents returning from countries and states with active COVID-19 cases, must self-isolate for 14-days and contact the Anambra state Public Health Emergency Operation Center immediately (PHEOC). During self-isolation they must take their temperatures twice daily. PHEOC numbers are 080309531, 08145434416, 0810446408. All hotels must provide a hand-wash station and sanitisers. Guests are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
“Management of all hotels must take the temperature of guests and visitors with a non-contact infra-red thermometer. Temperatures over 37.9 degrees Centigrade must be reported to the PHEOC.
Management of all hotels, restaurants and nightclubs must check the temperature of all their staff on daily basis. Staff with temperature more than 37.9 degrees Centigrade should not be allowed to serve and must report to the hospital.
“Restaurants must avoid overcrowding patrons at the table. Hotels are encouraged to maintain a database of their guests. All luxurious bus owners and operators must maintain a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers to Anambra state. All luxurious bus owners must maintain hand wash stations and provide hand sanitisers in their buses. Passengers are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and running water. All intrastate buses are encouraged to have hand sanitisers in their buses and encourage passengers to use same,” it stated.