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COVID-19: A’ Ibom Govt imposes curfew; Orders phases resumption of work to rejuvenate economy

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By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State Government has imposed a Dusk – to – Dawn curfew across the state, from 8 pm to 6 am effective from Monday May 4, 2020 each day.

The move, the state government said, was in line with the federal government guidelines to relax the lockdown, while continuously making efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel announced this in Uyo on Saturday saying, the use of facemasks by all persons is now compulsory in all
public places.

He said, markets would be opened three times a week, (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) between 10 am – 4 pm to enable people stock up their supplies, with compulsory enforcement of face masks and social distancing order.

Others include; “all passengers using public transport must make use of face mask.

“Tricycles must not carry more than three passengers, while taxis must carry a maximum of three persons (One in front and two behind), and buses must not carry more than two persons per row.

“All public transport operators must provide hand sanitizers in their vehicles, and ban of commercial motorcycles within the precincts of Uyo capital city is still in effect”.

The governor also reiterated ban on religious gatherings, hospitality services, social
gatherings, parties, funerals and concerts till further notice, as all plazas and recreational centres would remained closed.

He reemphasized on schools closure stating that,
“our School on Radio programme on AKBC Radio which has been hugely welcomed and popular will continue to address the instructional and teaching needs of our students until we are able to reopen schools.

“Non-essential inter-State movements remain prohibited
except those involving agricultural produce or medical
personnel and equipment.

“Farmers will be allowed to carry out their tasks and freely
transport their food items while wearing facemasks and not be more than three people in any given public transport vehicle.

“Agricultural produce will be allowed free and easy movement
across the State – the use of facemasks must be enforced”.

To ensure gradual easing of the lockdown, the governor has directed a phased resumption of duties by all the ministries, departments and agencies, as Commissioners as well as Permanent Secretaries are mandated to work out modalities, that would get their respective staff return to work in batches.

Governor Emmanuel however said, the Commissioners/Permanent Secretaries should ensure not more than 30 per cent of the workforce of each ministry, department and agency is at work at any given time, while workers should observe social distancing and personal hygiene protocol including the compulsory use of facemasks.

While commending the health workers for their commitment to the fight against the pandemic said, the measures taken so far had helped in stemming the spread of the disease in the state.

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