As the Coronavirus continues to ravage the world with increasing intensity through mostly person-to-person contact and infected surfaces, the Anambra State Government, in recognition of its primary duty to protect the life of everyone in the state, has decided to issue the following directives:
All public gatherings of up to 30 persons meeting at the same time are
suspended from Monday, March 23, 2020. This affects social ceremonies,
for example, parties, weddings, title taking, burials and funerals as well as
Traders and people visiting the markets are advised to wash their
hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on each
occasion. Washed hands must not be dried with handkerchiefs or
towels or other pieces of cloth because they may be infected, rather;
washed hands should be allowed to dry naturally.
Frequent use of hand sanitizers is strongly recommended.
Handshaking, hugging and all other forms of physical contact are
A distance of 6-feet should be maintained between customers and
Leaders of the markets are advised to buy infra – red thermometers to
test people in the markets. Any person with a temperature of above
37.9 degrees Celsius should be referred to a hospital.
(3) TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS
Students of tertiary institutions in Anambra State are directed to
proceed on vacation from March 20, 2020 until further notice.
(4) NURSERY, PRIMARY, SECONDARY and VOCATIONAL
All nursery, primary, secondary schools and vocational institutions
[Public, Private and Mission schools] are to close from Monday,
March 23, 2020, until further notice. This means no academic or
extra-curricular activities are allowed in schools.
All residents of Anambra state are advised to avoid handshaking,
hugging and all other forms of close contact. They are also advised to
minimize contact with door handles and hand rails and to travel only
when it is absolutely necessary.
Everyone is advised to keep a reasonable social distance when
holding a conversation with someone else.
All residents returning from countries and states with active COVID-
19 cases must go into self-isolation for 14-days and contact the
Anambra State Public Health Emergency Operation Center
immediately (PHEOC) once they feel unwell. During self-isolation
they must take a reading of their temperatures twice daily.
All residents are encouraged to carry hand sanitizers around with
PHEOC numbers are 08030953771, 08145434416, 08117567363,
(6) HOTELS,AND RESTAURANTS
All hotels must provide hand-washing stations and sanitizers at the
entrance. Guests are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and
running water for at least 20 seconds at intervals.
Management of all hotels should take a reading of the temperature of
guests and visitors with non-contact infra-red thermometers
Temperatures over 37.9 degrees Celsius should be reported to the
Management of all hotels and restaurants must check the
temperature of all their staff and customers daily. Staff and guests
should observe the guidelines of social distancing. Staff with
temperatures more than 37.9 degrees Celsius should not be allowed
to serve and must report to the hospital.
All Hotels are directed to keep an accurate record of all their guests
including names, phone numbers and addresses.
Night Clubs, Lounges and Bars
All night clubs, lounges and bars are directed to adhere strictly to the
basic standards of social distancing and to provide infra-red
thermometers, hand-washing points and hand sanitizers.
(8) COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT
All commercial transport owners and operators are directed to maintain a
travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers to Anambra state.
All commercial transport owners and operators are directed to provide face
masks for passengers.
Passengers are encouraged to always carry hand sanitizers with them and
to wash their hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds at
Please note that more updates on the best practices we must adopt to
prevent the spread of Coronavirus shall be communicated as the
Professor Solo Osita Chukwulobelu
Secretary to the State Government.