Abia State Government has commenced temporary shut down of eateries and shopping malls that are not complying with the preventives measures outlined by the government.
The enforcement team of the Abia State Inter-ministerial Committee on Covid 19, led by the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Solomon Ogunji and his Trade and Investment counterpart, Dr. Cosmos Ndukwe explained that the essence of temporary short down of those places was to ensure full compliance with the preventive measures already stipulated by the government.
They regretted that some of the eatries and malls have no infrared thermometer with which to check temperature of their customers while others have only hand sanitizer without running water buckets.
The Commissioners, who visited Abia shopping mall, Crunchies, Hoefers De Choice, Jovit commended the proactive measures being taken by some and insisted that it has to be sustained by some management. They streessed the need for maintainance of high standard of hygiene among the shopping malls and eatries.
For those whose business centres were sealed temporarily, they were told to report to the Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee and Secretary to the State Goverment, Barr. Chris Ezem, who would compelled them to sign undertaken to comply in line with the protocol of the preventive measures including ensuring that not more than 20 customers are allowed into Abia mall at the same time and maintain 1.5 metres standing or sitting.
It could be recalled that as a means of preventive possible outbreak of the virus, the Abia State Government is set to commence total four weeks lock down on public places.