Ayade asks civil servants to resume work, bans sale of masks

The governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade has issued the following new orders in a bid to curtail the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

According to a statement by Ayade’s chief press secretary, Christian Ita, all civil servants from Grade Level 10 and above are to resume work on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, while the no mask no movement policy is still in full force

The statement also said that 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”