Igbos of Ebonyi extraction can now bury their dead and conduct marriages freely as the Ebonyi State Government has lifted the restrictions placed on public gatherings in the state.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji, the governor, David Umahi said he was exercising the powers conferred on him in the Ebonyi State COVID-19 and other Dangerous Infectious Diseases and Related Matters Law 005 of 2020 to lift the embargo.
The statement announcing the lifting of the restriction read in part, “In this regard therefore, the governor has directed that all restrictions in respect of movement order on public burials/ wake keeps, weddings, conferences, meetings, festivals, religious services/ gatherings, etc are hereby lifted.
“Umahi also directed the lifting of restrictions placed on public places such as event centres, bars, places of worship, educational institutions, public parks, night clubs, cinemas, viewing centres and other such public places. That all restrictions on conduct of business and commercial activities are hereby rescinded.”
He also reiterated that all public and private schools from primary to tertiary levels should re-open on October 5, 2020.
The statement, however, noted that all regulations in respect of wearing of facemasks, washing of hands, use of hand sanitizers and social distancing were still in force in public places.
“The governor further charges all security agencies and public office holders especially the chairmen of local government areas and coordinators of development centres to enforce the subsisting regulations contained in the proclamation hereof in the interest of the safety and health of our people”, the statement added.
In the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the governor had placed restrictions on worship centres, event centres and other public places.