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Cross River Civil Servants To Resume Duty On Tuesday As Governor Ayade Insists On No Mask No Movement

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The governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has ordered civil servants from grade level 10 in the state to return to work from Tuesday, April 14, despite the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.

In a statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Christian Ita, Ayade instructed the state garment factory not to sell masks but give them out for free. Insisting that the ‘no mask no movement policy is still in full force.’

While restating that the ban on large gathering is still in force, he ordered that nobody be allowed in public places in the state, such as markets, shopping malls, sports arena, banks, etc without the correct use of appropriate nose mask.

He also directed that all entry and exit points into the state remained shut for two weeks.

the statement reads: “The governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade has issued the following new orders: All civil servants from Grade Level 10 and above are to resume work on Tuesday, April 14, 2020,” the statement read.

“The no mask no movement policy is still in full force. All returning civil servants are to receive nose masks from the COVID-19 Response Task Force through their respective permanent secretaries. All nose masks to be used in the state must be locally made, with the place of origin clearly marked.

“The sale of masks made by the Cross River State Garment Factory is prohibited. Masks are to be distributed free of charge.

“All entry and exit points (air, land and water) into the state hereby remain closed for a further two weeks.

“For any emergency evacuation by air, a certification by the national headquarters of the National Center for Disease Control NCDC is required. Even so, the pilots are prohibited from stepping out of the aircraft.

“Nobody is allowed in public places such as markets, shopping malls, sports arena, banks etc without the correct use of appropriate nose mask.

“Mass gatherings of all kinds such as worships, weddings, burials etc remain prohibited. Defaulters will be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Cross River State Epidemic and Pandemic Law 2020.”

Cross River State is among the 17 states of the country yet to record a confirmed case of the dreaded COVID-19.

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