#Headlines

Barrow warns against facemask, curfew violations

Aug 17, 2020, 12:21 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow has warned anyone who violates the regulation of wearing a facemask or breaks the curfew rules will be dealt with according to the law without any compromise.

Mr. Barrow gave the warning during an address to the nation on Friday.

“Every sector of society has a duty to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I encourage and call upon the religious leaders to support and adhere to the COVID-19 measures in the best interest of the country,” Barrow said.

He further said that to stop the spread of coronavirus, all are duty-bound to wear a facemask, properly covering their mouths and nose, before going to any public place, adding that people do not have to wait until the law is applied “before we do the right thing. “Let us police ourselves as individuals, groups and communities.”

“It is important to emphasise further that all transporters, be they official, private or commercial, should be responsible enough to wear a proper face mask and ensure that passengers in their vehicles wear an appropriate mask in a proper manner. Anyone who violates this regulation or breaks the curfew in force will be dealt with according to the law without any compromise.”

He urged municipal and area councils, market managers and all stakeholders to provide sanitary facilities and design proper physical distancing mechanisms in all markets and their environs.

“While Civic Education groups and the media sensitise the public, families, neighbours and friends have the civic and moral obligation to enlighten one another on the messages from the experts, the regulations and their implications.”

The Gambian leader noted that government can devise or invoke the necessary public health laws and regulations, but it is the responsibility of everyone to maintain regular hand washing, proper wearing of masks in public places and practise physical distancing.

He revealed that in the thick of all these, law enforcement agents would have to enforce the emergency powers.

“There is an old adage that ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Acting on this, let us demonstrate that we care about ourselves and those around us by following the COVID 19 prevention guidelines, regulations and measures.”

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Yama 1
Final results of Kerr Jarga Ward
Nov 10, 2020, 10:40 AM

The Independent Electoral Commission has released the official results of Kerr ward by election:

Senegalese Actors
Top Senegalese actors to play in Gambian series ‘Haalise’
Feb 23, 2021, 11:50 AM

Three popular Senegalese actors: Cheikh Ndiaye (Jojo), Cheikh Gueye (Sanex) and Aziz Niane (Cheikhouna) are currently in the country and conducted an audition for young Gambian actors to participate on the upcoming Senegambia series ‘Haalise’, being the first of its kind in the history of film in the country,

Maiden Flight
Gambia receives maiden flight for tourists’ season
Dec 11, 2020, 10:15 AM

The Gambia on Wednesday received The Gambia Experience as the first maiden flight from destination UK, carrying 147 passengers.

Mr. Lamin Fatajo
‘Our children’s future depends on our education system’
Jul 29, 2021, 1:45 PM

The Regional Education Director (RED) for Region 2 in the West Coast Region has reaffirmed that the future of our children depends on the country’s education system and giving those (children) support should be everybody’s concern.