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Abia State Government on Monday, sealed five hotels operating in Aba North Local Government Area of the state, for violating COVID-19 protocols.

A committee on COVID-19 led by Chief Nkoro, sealed the hotels after they failed to enforce the protocols as outlined by experts.

The committee threatened to arrest anyone found violating the protocols stressing that such person would be prosecuted at the mobile court.

In a related development, the Abia State government has banned all night clubs and cultural activities in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the chairman of the state COVID-19 committee and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem on Monday.

The government cautioned that eateries and hoteliers who contravene the COVID-19 protocols would henceforth pay a N100, 000:00 fine.

According to Ezem, burials and wedding ceremonies are now restricted to 50 persons while churches are to accommodate only 50 persons per stream.

The state government has also made the wearing of face mask in public places compulsory warning that any contravention will attract a fine of N5, 000.