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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