Land & Sea Border To Reopen

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

Land and sea borders across the country will soon reopen for normal business after been closed down few months ago by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

This ease in restriction was disclosed by the Head of Communications of the National COVID-19 Respond Committee (NARCOVERC), Solomon Jamiru Esq., after a COVID-19 security meeting held last weekend.

Currently, many petty traders, boat owners and the National Revenue Authority (NRA) reportedly face severe economic challenge as a result of the border closure. The reopening of the land and sea boarders will therefore bring relief to many traders plying the Guinea-Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone-Liberia routes. It will also help the NRA to increase revenue generation from those business areas.

According to the Head of Communications at NARCOVERC, the reopening of those sectors is a continuation on the government’s process to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government, adding that NARCOVERC has eased restriction on some sectors like schools, churches and mosques and some other public places.

However, he noted that the easing of some restriction does not mean that people should compromise infection and control measures put in place by the government, like the use of facemasks and social distancing, among others. Lawyer Solomon Jamiru stated that government has now made the use of facemask mandatory in all public places, including local markets, adding that security forces will start arresting people who fail to use the facemask and practice social distancing.

The NARCOVERC mouthpiece continued that the facemask law does not include outdoor activities; however, he continued that security forces will enforce the law in market places, naming ceremonies and marriages. He continued that a fine of one hundred thousand Leones will be imposed on anyone found guilty and on the spot payment made to UTB or any other bank that will be recommended by NARCOVERC.

Solomon Jamiru further noted that despite the reopening of the borders, the main principle of government is to see that the infection does not spread, saying that they will be in constant touch with the security people.