The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says the Millennium Recreation Park in Maitama District will remain closed to social activities throughout the Yuletide period due to COVID-19.
Mr Ikharo Attah, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Enforcement of COVID-19, said this at a meeting with the Association of Abuja Park Operators in Abuja.
The Millennium Recreational Park is the largest public park in the Federal Capital City (FCT), and it has been under restrictions in the wake of COVID-19.
Attah explained that the decision of the FCTA to close the park was part of measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in the city.
According to him, the park, which is the choice centre for social gathering during festivities in FCT, will not be left open to the public during the Yuletide, due to a likely second wave of the pandemic.
He said that the park, which usually experienced uncontrollable crowd during festivities, could worsen the situation for the residents, in view of the ravaging pandemic.
Attah, however, enjoined operators of all the parks in Abuja to observe all COVID-19 precautionary health protocols, warning that those who failed to comply with the directive would be prosecuted in mobile courts that would sit even on Christmas Day.
Earlier, Mrs Riskatu Abdulazeeze, the Director, FCT Department of Parks and Recreation, said that any park that violated the health protocols, would risk being sealed off, or outright revocation of the lease.
She also noted that an enforcement team had started operations to ensure compliance.
Abdulazeeze urged operators of recreational parks to adopt “no face mask, no entry” rules.
Responding, one of the park operators, Mrs Smart Saheed said that the association of park operators had resolved to constitute a compliance task force to boost efforts of FCTA to enforce compliance with COVID-19 protocols.