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The Government of Liberia has threatened to drastically deal with those in the constant habit of going to beaches and night clubs during this deadly Ebola outbreak.

Deputy Information Minister, Isaac Jackson, said Liberians, who have already planned to go on the various beaches to mark the late President William V.S Tubman’s birth anniversary on November 29 will receive a severe flogging from the Liberia National Police.

Speaking Tuesday in Monrovia at a regular press briefing, Minister Jackson said the Government has empowered the police to take drastic action against citizens that will be caught on the various beaches across the country, especially in Monrovia.

He observed that most Liberians have been caught violating the Government’s regulation by going to night clubs after 6:00PM. He said, though spiritual leaders are in the fight against Ebola, they need to do more by allowing two or three worshippers sit in a pew or bench in the Church. The Deputy Minister also recommended that Churches should conduct two services on Sunday to avoid over crowdedness, and also allow more members to go to Church.

Minister Jackson stressed that managements of beaches that will be over crowded will face serious problems with the Government, and Liberians caught there will be serious flogged by the Liberia National Police.

He said since the Government pronounced that night club should not get overcrowded, some citizens were still defying the authorities by going to entertainment centers at night. He said night club managers are in the practice of offing lights and allowing people to troop in to drink alcoholic beverages with severe risk of getting infected by the Ebola virus.

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