President George Manneh Weah has renewed the “Stay Home” order by additional two weeks with some enhancements, including the compulsory wearing of facemasks by everyone in public, an Executive Mansion release discloses.
The enhanced measure came Friday, 24 April as the initial 14 days stay home ordered was approaching its expiration announced on 8 April by the president to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
According to the release, the government has determined this is necessary in order to sustain the fight against the disease in the country.
Earlier this month, President Weah announced a State of Emergency to be observed throughout the country. During this period, the joint security command and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia were ordered to enforce the different measures that were pronounced.
Among these measures were orders to:
1) Quarantine the 15 counties
2) Ensure everyone in Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Kru stay at home for two weeks – with exceptions granted to designated essential persons and businesses
3) Require all to be indoors by 3pm
4) A directive to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to engage marketers in order to make “satisfactory arrangements” for the operations of markets during this period.
However, on the advice of health authorities and in light of the unresolved crisis, the government says it is extending the stay-at-home order to all 15 counties in the country.
Also, it says healthcare workers and other service providers are mandated to also wear hygienic gloves in addition to the facemasks when interacting with the public.
Any non-compliance to these measures, as have been observed in the past, could lead to arrest by the security forces. The government says it will work to ensure facemasks are made available for public use.
The threat from COVID-19 is existential; everyone is therefore urged to do their part in every way possible to defeat this unseen enemy. The government notes that one responsible way to do that is staying at home and following the regulations of the government.—Press release