The government of Akwa Ibom State has stated clearly that no ban has been placed on social gatherings.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Sir. Charles Udoh made this known on Wednesday, March 25, in a release.

“The Akwa Ibom State Government has NOT placed a ban on social gatherings including churches, marriage/funeral ceremonies and other celebrations”, he said.

“However, a task force has been mandated to monitor any gathering of more than 10 persons to ensure compliance with preventive measures prescribed for such gatherings which must include provision of hand washing facilities with soap and running water as well as hand sanitizers at the entrance, and ensuring at least 6 feet space between people”.

“Infra-red thermometer (Temperature readers), must also be used at entrances and any person with high temperature; 38 degrees celsius and above, must be reported immediately to the state COVID-19 emergency center. The numbers to call are: 0818-941-1111, 0904-557-5515, 0703-521-1919”, he stated.

“It is important to continue to observe SOCIAL DISTANCING, avoid shaking hand, and embracing, and keep at least six feet distance from anyone who is sneezing or coughing”.

“Non-compliance to these measures will necessitate an immediate shutdown of such facilities or gathering by government”, the commissioner stressed.

He added that the state government will continue to monitor the situation relating to COVID-19 and provide periodic updates, while calling on citizens and residents to remain a calm and vigilant.