Curfew in The Gambia

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Press release

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) is pleased to announce that the Government has agreed to exempt media workers from the curfew orders.
Media practitioners MUST carry a valid press card either from the GPU or a bonafide news and information media outlet. Media houses are encouraged to put up stickers on the vehicles for identification purposes.

We urge journalists to wear face masks and any other safety kit, as well as press jackets. Media workers are also advised to follow all the health regulations by the government and the WHO for their own safety and those of others at all times.

Media exemptions from curfew orders are in line with standards of best practice. This is in view of the peculiar nature of the work of media workers who are required to stay up late to provide information, education and entertainment services to the public.
Moreover, the media serves as the eyes and ears of the public with respect to the enforcement of the curfew orders.

It must be noted that this is a temporary measure while the Union works with the state authorities in the coming days to workout the specific details of the media exemption.
This message is approved by the Government spokesperson, in consultation with the Director of Health Services and Inspector General of Police.
The GPU kindly wishes to call on the security operatives to cooperate with this arrangement.

Source___Standard Newspaper

Police take into custody more DJs at music show

According to Standard, police in the Central River Region have taken into custody 11 people at Sami Karantaba Tenda,including 2 DJs from Sare Sambel for having a music show in the villages against Public Health Regulations 2020.

Standard make known of a police statement that the men were arrested after they staged a music show and gathered children to for a “Salibo Music Show”.

This is the second time police have arrested people organizing music shows in this emergency situation.

Meanwhile,the Mobile Traffic department has also arraigned seven drivers at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for carrying passengers without facemasks. They were fined D1000 each.

The police have also confirmed the arrest of three individuals including a motorcyclist in Serekunda for failing to follow the compulsory facemask wearing regulation.

The Gambia has been placed under a night curfew for the next 21 days which started yesterday as part of measures put forward by President Adama Barrow to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The curfew will start from 10pm to 5am each day.

As part of the measures under a new state of emergency, all congregational prayers in mosques and churches are closed for now, land and air borders remain tightly closed.

This measures were disclosed in a statement from Government Spokesman Ebrima Sankareh, also said the army could be stationed to enforce these measures.

The full statement according to Standard Newspapers is reproduced below:

In the wake of the worrisome trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in The Gambia, His Excellency President Adama Barrow in exercise of the powers vested in him by Section 34 (1) (a) and pursuant to Section 34 (2) of the 1997 Constitution declares a State of Public Emergency effective midnight tonight and a curfew effective tomorrow, 6th August 2020 throughout The Gambia for a period of 21 days.

The Public Health (Dangerous Infectious Diseases) Protection Regulations, 2020 shall continue to operate side by side with these new accompanying Regulations:
1. All houses of worship (mosques, churches, etc.,) shall remain closed. Mosques or churches shall be used solely for calls to prayers or religious announcements. All forms of gatherings at mosques and churches are prohibited;

2. Night curfew is hereby imposed throughout the jurisdiction of The Gambia from 10pm to 5am daily. Only persons on official COVID-19 duties, ambulances and public officials on essential assignments are exempted from the curfew. Anyone who violates the curfew commits an offence and is liable to a fine of Five Thousand Gambian Dalasi (D5,000).

3. All educational institutions (Universities, Colleges, Schools, Madrassas, Daras, Majalis and Gamos) shall remain closed. However, Grade 12 students are exempted only for the period of their WAEC/WASSCE exams from 17th August to the 7th September 2020. These schools shall open solely for the purpose of administering exit exams;

Credit___Standard Newspaper

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