The Kaduna State governor has announced the extension of the partial lockdown in the state for another two weeks.
This was announced by the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, in a state broadcast, who said the state review and extension was done to preserve the state’s ability to protect and empower citizens to lead the fight against COVID-19 and make necessary adjustments to the partial lockdown to permit the safe resumption of the pursuit of livelihoods in more sectors.
The deputy governor stated that many residents of the state have endured many inconveniences as they complied with the Quarantine Orders as compliance with the orders has helped to reduce the number of infected persons and kept fatalities to a minimum.
She noted that while Covid-19 has not gone away and it remains a very infectious and disruptive disease, government and citizens must continue to work together to keep everyone safe.
Announcing the extension of the lockdown, Dr Balarabe said Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the recommendation to extend the partial lockdown regulations for two weeks, with adjustments to permit the reopening of certain sectors.
“The Kaduna State Government is conscious of the sacrifices that citizens have made and the many challenges that remain in keeping them safe from Covid-19.
“This is why the state government has adjusted and extended the Quarantine Orders, by two weeks to empower citizens to more steadfastly carry forward, the against fight Covid-19.
“From Monday, 1st June 2020, the revised regulations will come into effect. They give citizens a three-day window every week to shop for food and other essentials. Until otherwise stated, the lockdown-free days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Temporary neighbourhood markets will continue to operate from 10am to 4pm on these three days, but citizens can move from 6am to 6pm on these lockdown-free days. Informal markets are not allowed and those flouting regulations by turning streets into markets are advised to stop.”
She stated that private sector firms that meet certain requirements will be allowed to operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“However, the prohibition of interstate and intercity travel remains. Government officials and mobile courts will enforce this ban to prevent people from spreading the virus through non-essential movement.
“In addition, the nighttime curfew that has been enforced across the state still remains, from 6pm to 6am.
“Schools, places of worship and markets will remain closed under the adjusted orders.
“The relevant government officials and agencies will be engaging with religious leaders, transport unions, traditional institutions, market unions, school proprietors and other stakeholders as may be identified from time to time, to discuss the conditions and circumstances for a safe reopening of these sectors.
“Restaurants will be allowed to open strictly to offer takeaway services. However, bars, sporting venues and event centres remain closed as are hotels that have not specifically licensed as essential service providers during this period,” she added.
She urged the people to continue to observe safety measures and remain indoor as much as possible.