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All non-essential employees of the Government of Liberia have been directed to stay home until further notice as part of the Liberian Government ongoing response to COVID-19, Civil Service Agency Acting Director-General, James Thompson announced on Wednesday.

The move follows President George Weah’s directive on Monday March 16, 2020 that all non-essential public servant should be granted paid leave, upon confirming the first case of the coronavirus here.

Mr. Weah said the measure is intended to minimize physical contacts and possible transmission of the virus.

The CSA Acting Director-General says the issue of essential or non-essential employees should not alarm any Civil Servants or heighten any apprehension about job security during this period.

“Non-essential employees will be paid as usual and this label in no way diminishes your importance in the Civil Service. We need at most 25 percent of the overall personnel of the Entity to be at work, ONLY” he said.

“We also encourage strongly the recommended procedures announced by Heath authorities. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Avoid large gathering, touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and keep safe” Thompson added.

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