Kwara State Government has reversed its earlier decision adopted for vehicular movements from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Residents are now directed to patronise neighbourhood shops and observe all safety protocols.
The Deputy Governor and Chairman, Technical Committee on COVID-19,Mr Kayode Alabi said these on Tuesday during a Press Briefing.
“COVID-19 is an emerging public health development across the world , governments are studying situations and making adjustments to cope with the emergency,” he added.
Alabi said marketers may now set up shops in schools and open spaces in their neighbourhood between 8 am and 12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. He however said all congregational prayers remain banned as before.
“Kwara now has four cases of COVID-19 ,two males and two females. Of these four cases, one is a contact of the index case, the other was a patient at the UITH but now at the State Isolation Centre. “,he added.
According to the Deputy Governor, government is hereby restoring full-scale lockdown across the state for the rest of the 14 days earlier declared
· Movement of all vehicles are banned except commercial vehicles carrying food, medications, goods and services. Trucks and trailers are to be allowed to pass through especially those coming from Lagos to the North. Trucks carrying raw materials and finished products are to be exempted.
· Marketers may use neighbourhood schools and open spaces to set up shops to meet the demands for food in the community while maintaining social distancing and all restrictions on social gatherings;
· Neighbourhood shops may also open between 8am -12pm Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
· All previously announced restrictions on social and religious gatherings remain in force. For record, congregational prayers remain banned.
· Previous exemptions (such as for farmers, health workers, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, journalists, government contractors, banks, petrol stations) remain valid.
For emphasis, except as stated above, all vehicular movements are banned including on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays that markets are to open. People are encouraged to patronise markets in their neighbourhood.
“We continue to appreciate our health workers for their priceless contributions to this effort, urge the people of Kwara State to remain patient and call for increased personal hygiene. This is the time for everyone to take responsibility for our individual and collective health”, he added.