The Federal Capital Territory Administration Task team on COVID-19 Restrictions has chased away fun-seekers at four popular parks in Abuja, for breaching the COVID-19 protocols.
The residents were enjoying the Christmas festivity at the Millennium Park, Jabi Lake, Unity Fountain, and Magic Land on Friday, when the task team cleared them out.
The FCT Administration had on Wednesday, announced the closure of pubs, gardens, and restaurants in the territory for five weeks as a means of curbing the spread of the COVID-19.
At the Jabi lake, many of the violators took to their heels for fear of being arrested, but the task force simply called them back and sensitised them on the need to adhere to the safety regulations.
Head, Media and Enlightenment of the task force, Mr Ikharo Attah, while addressing the fun-seekers noted that large gatherings cannot be encouraged on account of the second wave of the coronavirus.
He said, “This second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic seems tough and we cannot allow people to gather in crowds contrary to the directives of government.
“We know you all want to enjoy Christmas but you can do it at home. We plead for your understanding on this matter. We don’t want to hurt anybody, but we have a duty to save residents from contracting the virus.”
Attah expressed regrets over the closure of the recreational parks but noted that the citizens needed to stay safe so they can enjoy more celebrations in the future.
He noted, “We are truly pained doing this on this day but we have the responsibility to save lives and protect FCT residents from catching COVID-19.
“We see in large numbers, children who have come to these recreational centres to have the best of Christmas. They look obviously unhappy and we are feeling their pains and disappointment. There will be many Christmases but please, let us not ruin many more to come.”