A revised set of health regulations for the country to adhere to curb the spread of the coronavirus has been issued by the Ministry of Health as was mandated by President George Weah.
Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah said the National Health Emergency Guidelines is in keeping with the Health Emergency Regulation issued on March 21, and pursuant to Chapter 14 of the National Public Health Law. Under the revised declaration, the Ministry has declared all fifteen counties as affected areas.
Government has warned that violators of Public Health Regulations shall be fined US$200, or jailed for not less or more than 30 days, in keeping with Section 14.6 of the Public Health Law of Liberia.
Mandatory mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing shall strictly be enforced for all persons appearing in public places, and when attending to sick persons.
Market buildings, vehicles, shopping centers, learning institutions, hotels among others, are deemed public places under consideration consistent with the new Revised Health Regulations.
Schools and universities will remain closed, as only 12th graders currently preparing for the regional WASSC Exams will be given special consideration.
Dr. Jallah also announced that bars and nightclubs are to remain closed. However, restaurants and other places that serve alcohol may remain open until 9 PM and must follow set health guidelines at all times.
Banking institutions, according to the regulations, shall only allow ten persons in their service area, and those outside the bank shall keep a distance of at least three feet apart from each other while awaiting service.
The declaration will be updated based on the prevailing situation in COVID-19 response.
To date, Liberia has now recorded 1,117 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 71 deaths and 613 recoveries.