The Federal Capital Territory Adminis­tration (FCTA) has warned operators of nightclubs, bars and gardens across the nation’s capital not to open for busi­ness until the COVID-19 re­striction order is lifted.

Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Taskteam on COVID-19 Restrictions, Comrade Ikharo Attah,gave this warning on Sunday, when the team went round Kub­wa, Gwarinpa and Wuse to monitor the level of com­pliance by operators.

Speaking with newsmen after the operation, the chairman hinted that, “the ban on nightclubs, parks and bars is yet to be lifted hence the need for us to sustain routine inspection and ensure compliance.

“We believe that if we re­lax too much, with the num­ber of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise, it would not be good for the city.”

Attah, however, ex­pressed satisfaction with the high level of compli­ance by the nightclub op­erators but was, however, not happy with the high number of suspected commercial sex workers around buildings housing the nightclubs at Kubwa.

He further stated: “The presence of the ladies of the night is a violation of the curfew because they are not on the exemption list of essential workers.

“Their presence made us to carry out full checks on some nightclubs which are truly closed. At moments like this we expect them to stop the unholy trade in their own interest because the men who may patron­ize them may be Covid-19 positive.”

While speaking on the shutting down of a bar at Wuse 2, he said, “we got several calls that Reset Nightclub and Bar located at Lobito Crescent in Wuse 2 was fully operational.

“But when we got there we discovered that it wasn’t true. A bar operating in a plaza located opposite the nightclub, as we all found out this night, was the one operating and playing very loud music which necessitated the calls and complaints we got from res­idents of the area.”

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