Health Ministry Releases Amended Covid-19 Regulations

The Ministry of Health has released amended coronavirus regulations pursuant to Chapter 14 of the Public Health Law of Liberia to aid the management of the global pandemic.

According to the Health Ministry, the Revised Consolidated Regulations will take immediate effect and remain until otherwise modified.

The amended regulations say  all persons shall mandatorily wear a mask at all times in public and ensure physical social distancing of a minimum three feet from each other in public as well as washing hands frequently with soap and clean water, or sanitize with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The regulations also say all persons who test positive for Covid-19 and their contacts will be managed according to Liberia’s Case Management Guidelines and that they must comply with guidance from health authorities and related health rules as noncompliance will lead to prosecution in accordance with Liberia’s Public Health Laws.

The regulations contain that all persons accessing government institutions, bar, restaurant and night clubs must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

The regulations also say all employees (public, private and businesses) must return to work and show proof of Covid-19 vaccination as failure to get vaccinated will lead to their suspension without pay or dismissal.

The Health Ministry indicated that managers must ensure that hand washing stations and/or hand sanitizers are available for use by customers, guests and participants and the general public at all times and that restrictions on night clubs, bars, cinemas, video clubs and entertainment centers are lifted with immediate effect but users being told to abide by section two of the health regulations and to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.     

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has disclosed that Liberia has introduced the Pfizer vaccine with children 12-17 years being encouraged to get vaccinated.

The Health Ministry has mandated that funeral rites for non-COVID-related bodies with certifications from the Ministry of Health are allowed to be conducted in churches, mosques, etc. but health protocols must be observed with face masks, hand washing and physical distancing.

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