“STATE OF EMERGENCY NOT ENDING JUNE 9,” SAYS JUSTICE MINISTRY

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Justice Minister Frank Musah Dean Jr

MONROVIA – The June 9 date contained in the Executive Mansion press release as the stipulated date ending the state of emergency was an error, the Justice Ministry has clarified.

The Justice Minister noted that the effective date of the commencement of the 60-day state of emergency was pronounced on April 21,2020, and as such, the Justice Ministry says the official expiration is on June 21, 2020 contrary to the June 9 mentioned in the Executive Mansion press release.

The Justice Ministry says all other orders and mandates contained in the Press Release of June 5, 2020 shall be binding and have full effect as though this clarification had not been made and issued.

In the June 5 press release, President Weah stated that given the country’s level of experience with the Coron and its mode of transmission, the strides being made in its containment and in view of developments in other countries, the need for further extension of the constitutional measure is not required.

He said the situation will be assessed going forward.

Meanwhile, President Weah is calling  on health authorities in the country and other related government agencies to continue to enforce the stipulations of the public health laws in order to ensure that there is strict adherence to the protocols against COVID-19.

The Liberia leader has extended by two more weeks guidelines intended to prevent the spread of the virus, with the following modifications:
1) All are now required to be indoors by 9pm, instead of the previous time of 6pm.
2) The restriction requiring people to stay indoors at a certain time of the day will be lifted in counties that have not reported any case of the disease so far.
3) Movement to and from counties not yet affected by COVID-19 will be restricted. With the exception of basic supplies, all other such movements between/amongst counties are prohibited.
4) Opening of the Roberts International Airport to commercial flights on the 21st of June.
5) Hotels, guest houses, gaming centers are to reopen beginning the 21st of June, with the observance of the required health measures.

The President has instructed the Ministers of Transport and Health; the heads of the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, the Liberian Airport Authority and the National Public Health Institute to publish the health protocols that will be instituted once the airport resumes operations.

In the  release,  the government admonishes everyone to continue to adhere strictly to all the safety measures intended to halt further spread of the virus in Liberia, including social distancing and regular hand washing.

The wearing of face masks in public places remains compulsory. The joint security will continue to enforce these rules. All other protocols that were previously announced not amended by this release remain in force.

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