President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Lifts Curfew, Re-Opens Main Borders
MONROVIA, February 21 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered the lifting of the curfew imposed nationwide at the height of the Ebola outbreak and reopening of all the country’s main borders.
The order takes effect beginning Sunday, February 22, according to an Executive Mansion release issued here Friday.
The release said the decision is based on the advice of the National Security Council of Liberia.
The curfew was imposed as part of several measures to contain the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus and ensure national security.
Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has requested the Ministry of Health to ensure the adoption and implementation of health protocols that will prevent the importation of the virus through any of the crossing points.
She also mandated members of the Joint Security assigned at the borders to work closely with the health authorities to ensure adherence to the health protocols and safety measures at all times.
President Sirleaf, in a nationwide address announced the imposition of a curfew throughout the country beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
On September 8, 2014, President Johnson Sirleaf announced an adjustment in the curfew, which ran from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. The curfew has been in place since then.
The Liberian leader stressed that the additional measures were intended to contain the spread of the Ebola virus overall and particularly in the hardest-hit areas.
The Government’s actions were necessitated by the rapid spread of the disease, coupled with the death toll due largely to denials, cultural burying practices and failure to adhere to health protocols.