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Anambra to enforce face mask use in schools



… Urges people to intensify COVID-19 prevention

ALL teachers in Anambra State have been mandated to ensure that their students and pupils wear face masks as soon as academic institutions resume their calendar.

  Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, dropped the hint in Awka in a chat with newsmen yesterday.

  Speaking on measures on ground to ensure that school resumption does not escalate COVID-19 spread in Anambra State, Omenugha, emphasised that authorities would closely monitor use of face mask and observation of other COVID-19 preventive measures among teachers and pupils.

  According to her, any teacher or student who does not adhere to the rule or safety measures will be sent out of the school premises and would not be allowed to work or learn.

  Omenugha further called on ndi Anambra to key into the Anambra learning-on-air programme while schools are still on the break imposed by the global coronavirus pandemic.

  Similarly, ndi Anambra have been called upon to observe government’s laid down guidelines as parts of efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, especially after relaxing the lockdown order.

  Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Greg Obi, sent the call in a statement released yesterday to provide additional guidelines necessitated by the relaxed lockdown order.

  According to the release, all social distancing guideline stipulated by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) must be followed for public gathering, market places, bus stands

and all other events including maintaining a distance of two meters from each other. Government also reiterated its directive that people must wear face marks outside their homes.

  Obi added that all traditional rulers, Presidents General, Community Leaders and Law Enforcement Agencies are to ensure that these directives are strictly complied with. He said that bereaved families can bury their loved ones as soon as death occurs in ceremonies numbering not more 30 people while maintaining social distancing and face mask rules.

He, however, stressed that those who desire to have elaborate ceremonies in remembrance of their loved ones should wait until COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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