While the Government of Liberia (GOL) and partners are instituting measures to prevent spread of the Coronavirus here, some Liberians and foreign nationals seem to be ignoring health regulations, including social distancing clustering at workplace.
Workers at a Lebanese business center, Sethi Brothers, situated on Jamaica Road Bushrod Island converge daily in huge numbers before the entity, awaiting take-in time for work without protective gears or safety gadgets, which poses threats to their lives.
The congestion leaves many to wonder whether the management is not cognizant of COVID-19 preventive measures announced by the government.The workers are seen shaking hands, sitting in groups and conversing without observing hand washing and other regulations, while pedestrians pass by and look on in disdain for such behavior.
One of the workers, who preferred anonymity, told this paper they gather usually at the same place because management has nowhere for waiting purpose.According to him, he experts management to have sent some of them on compulsory paid leaves in the wake of the Coronavirus to avoid spread of the virus, which is not being done.
When this reporter contacted the company office, security officers there said management is not accepting visitors and besides, top management officials were also not in office.
Liberia has recorded at least three confirmed cases of the virus, which is widely killing people around the world.As a direct result of the situation, the Government of Liberia (GOL) has placed two affected counties, Montserrado and Margibi on 21-day quarantine.
Some business houses in Monrovia, including commercial drivers and motorcyclists are similarly violating preventive measures put in place by the government, not observing hands washing and drivers carrying three passengers, instead of two in their vehicles. By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne