COVID-19: Delta seals off hotel, bars for flouting restrictions

Three drinking bars within five-star hotels in Asaba, Delta State have been sealed by the state government for flouting set protocols to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The state taskforce on COVID-19 enforcement of protocols led by the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie sealed the bars of Hampton Towers, Golden Tulips, Vienna International Hotels.

The bars were said to be crowded without any sign of social distancing, and most of the guests were not using face masks, as at the time the visit paid the unscheduled visit.

Ebie decried the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, and warned hotel operators to adhere to the directives of not opening their bars and restaurants to people who were not guests in the hotels.

He emphasised that people should buy drinks and food and take them to their rooms.

Addressing those caught flouting the rules, Ebie said: “it is unfortunate that we are having these number of persons drinking in this small place. I know people that have died of COVID-19 and it is unfortunate that each and everyone of you here is educated and is aware about what to do.

“You have come here, you don’t know who is positive and to you, it doesn’t matter, but, to us, it is not a joke, it is our duty to enforce the protocols because, these are unusual times.

“We cannot compromise the lives of our people, the people should buy the drinks and go to their rooms. If one person is discovered to have COVID-19, this hotel will be shut down and you can imagine what it will cost to engage in contact tracing of everyone who is here.

“Don’t encourage people from outside to come in here and drink.”

Ebie told journalists that the inspection visit was essentially to check the level of compliance to the directives that were given as regards actions to check the spread of COVID-19.

“We got information that people were coming from outside the hotels to drink and we are committed to ensuring full compliance for the safety of our people.

“Deltans should help us by staying safe, for those that flouted the directives, we sealed some parts of their hotel.

“Help us contain the virus as any hotel that is flouting this directives will be shut down,” he stated.

Speaking on the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, the SSG said it was as a result of aggressive contact tracing, disclosing that “in one instance, there were nine persons from one compound.”

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