Health Minister Dr. Whilimena Jallah, has announced series of health measures in order to prevent the spread of the COVID -19 virus in Liberia with a mandatory wearing of face mask in Public by all persons.
According to Dr. Jallah, people must always wear face mask, wash hands, observe social distance amongst others safety measures and all those diagnosed with the virus to stay home and observe the rules and be in constant contact with health authorities.
She noted that the Roberts International Airport will have a special area for COVID-19 testing unlike the first one.
Dr. Jallah announced that passengers who have been traveling from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Liberia and the reduction of staff in public offices by 50 percent.
The Health expert said, Schools will be open but will observe all protocols in accordance with MOH COVID-19 protocols else such school will be close for some time.
She at the same time noted that sporting events will go on with no spectators, funerals and large gathering will be reduce to 20 persons, while restaurant and food centers will be open observing all protocols including Banks with 10 persons entering per service.
The Minister added that kekeh will carry two passengers, Taxi will carry three persons at the back and no more than one person at the passenger front seat, motorbikes one person and 18 seated bus will have to reduce the number of people on board. She continues that marketers should abide by all health protocols and no dead body will be allowed to enter or leave the country.
According to MOH, if a dead body tested positive for COVID-19 will be taken care of MOH but the family will have to provide land for burial or the government will take charge.
She continues that supermarkets should have at least ten customers per service, night club and bars should close by 9 pm, and observe 20 customers per service. She noted that fail to complay with such regulation will be penalize by paying USD$ 200 or jail.
Dr. Jallah at the same time encouraged everyone to look out for those suffering from breath control in the community to report to 4455 and that MON, NPHIL, and MICAT are the only credible group to update the public on the issue of COVID.
meanwhile, India Businessman and former India Honorary Council General to Liberia, Upijt Singh Sachdeva commonly know in Liberia as Mr. Jetty has welcome the pronouncement.
According to him, the measures will help both Liberians and foreigners.