Rivers State Bans Viewing Centers As English Premier League Resumes Today. The Rivers State government has restated its ban on viewing centers.
The Rivers government also re-emphasized its ban on Cinemas across the State as COVID-19 continues to spread. This was made known earlier today by Paulinus Nsirim Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications.
Paulinus stated that the State government is doing everything to discourage large gatherings due to the Corona virus pandemic. He added that viewing centers and cinemas do not have a good crowd control arrangement.
The statement reads:
“The Rivers State Government hereby reminds the members of the general public, that the ban on the operation of cinemas and viewing centers is still in force, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“We must continually avoid situations that will lead to gathering of people in large numbers, as this will enable us flatten the curve.
“These Cinemas and viewing centers are businesses that cannot control the influx of viewers, as they maximize profits from the multitude of people that gather, neither can they maintain social distancing, as they cannot be controlled.
“All Local Government Chairmen are hereby directed to ensure that no cinema or viewing center is open in their areas. Landlords who allow their premises to be used as viewing centers may have their property confiscated by the State Government.”
The English Premier League, which was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, resumes today with Arsenal playing Manchester City. Several persons are not comfortable with this directive. Some persons feel they will not have the opportunity to watch their teams play.