Gov’t Orders All Beaches Closed

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The Government of Liberia, through the Liberia National Police and the Justice system, has ordered the closure of all beaches until Liberia is declared free of Ebola Virus disease in the country.

“The Liberia National Police with the consent of the Ministry of Justice, would like to inform the general public that pursuant to the power and authority granted the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under chapter 30 of the Executive Law, Title 12, Liberia Code of Laws Revised (1972) and Part ll, Chapter 11,13,14,17, and Part V, Chapter 52 of the Public Health Law, Title 33, Liberia Code of Laws Revised (1972), all beaches are to be closed on November 29, 30 and onward,” Ssaid Director of Police, Christopher Massaquoi.

The LNP Director made the disclosure last Friday following the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism press conference in Monrovia.

According to Director Massaquoi, the measure is in line with the government of Liberia’s Anti-Ebola Regulation acknowledging that bodily contacts between persons provide a direct mode for the transmission of the EVD. Therefore, all public rallies during the campaign and elections period, including beaches, except for political rallies during the campaign and elections period, are hereby prohibited until the government of Liberia is declared EVD-free.

“Notwithstanding all political rallies shall be held only in keeping with the guidelines and regulations of the National Elections Commission and the measures put in place by the Liberian government. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this regulation, shall upon conviction be liable to a fine or imprisonment as provided under the Public Health Law through the police and the Ministry of Justice,” he warned.

The LNP Boss asserted that there will be a robust enforcement of the banning order and any beach owner and/or individuals who violate the order will be arrested and forwarded to court for prosecution.  “The police will not entertain any protest against the banning order,” he said, “and will deal very effectively with any individual or group of individuals who may choose to use any violent means to resist the execution of the banning order.”

He called on all Liberians to adhere strictly to the government’s pronouncement. All LNP personnel, including ERU and PSU officers, have been instructed to enforce the order within the entire Republic.

Meanwhile, the LNP Boss assured all candidates and their supporters across Liberia that the police are ready to provide protection and security for all candidates and supporters accordingly.

He however warned candidates and supporters against violation of the rules governing both the campaign and election processes bordering on the violation of the rights of other candidates, supporters and citizens. He said violators will be brought to the attention of the police who, in conjunction with the National Elections Commission (NEC), will seek remedy to such complaints.

“I wish to restate that the police are prepared to provide full security protection for all candidates and their supporters in the senatorial race without discrimination or favor. We therefore, encourage everyone to go about their campaign programs in the most orderly and disciplined manner so as to maintain the peace and have an orderly and successful campaign for the December 16, 2014 senatorial election.”

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