Disturbed by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and violation of protocols, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has banned all social gatherings in the state until further notice.

Fintiri gave the directive in a statement issued by his Press Secretary,  Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, on Tuesday in Yola.

He warned that COVID-19 was real and is a global health crisis.

”I am highly disappointed over the lack of strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols  and measures to reduce transmission of the virus.

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”The measures, include advocacy of behaviours like wearing of face masks, social distancing, washing of hands, and restrictions on public gatherings.

”Therefore, I am reminding  the people of the state that the guidelines on restriction of movement issued in March, 2020, is still in force.

”All social gatherings of more than 50 people at this time is also still in force ” Fintiri said.

He said that hospitality businesses such as clubs, cinema halls, event centres, conferences and congresses and other similar gatherings with population beyond 100 remained banned.

According to the governor,  movement between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. is also not allowed across the state.

He advised leadership of worship centres to ensure strict observance of all  COVID-19 protocols.

“Any club,  event centre or business premises found contravening this directive  will be shut downtown with immediate effect.

“Security agencies are hereby directed to ensure strict adherence to these protocols and any other protocol imposed by the Federal Government” Fintiri said. ( NAN)