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EkitiGovt extends curfew by two weeks



EKITI State Governor, KayodeFayemi, has extended restriction of movement and curfew in Ekiti State for another two weeks.

This development was contained in a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, MrBiodunOyebanji.

The statement explained that the decision was reached after a careful consideration of available evidence on progress made to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state and in recognition of similar efforts by neighboring states and the federal government.

According to the statement, all existing measures to put in place by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus disease in the state will continue to be enforced.

The statement reads in parts; “(a) Restriction of Movement of Persons and Goods. Only exceptions allowed are for the purposes of obtaining food, seeking emergency, life-saving, or chronic medical attention or obtaining social security grant. Persons performing essential services will be allowed to move around, particularly health workers, but must be duly designated with an identity card by the Head of their Institutions.

“(b) Closure of Businesses, Oja Oba and OjaBisi Markets: All businesses and other entities shall remain closed. Oja Oba and OjaBisi markets shall remain closed. Except for any business or entity involved in the manufacturing, supply, or provision of an essential good or service. In facilities where essential goods are sold, all directives in respect of hygienic conditions to prevent the exposure of persons to COVID-19 must be adhered to.

“(c) Prevention and Prohibition of Gatherings: Any gathering in Ekiti State remains prohibited save for gathering in respect of a funeral, which shall be limited to 20 people.

“(d) Closure of boundaries. All boundaries of the state shall remain closed during the period of extension, except for transportation of fuel, and essential goods.

“(e) Prohibition of Public Transport. All commuter transport services including bus services, taxi services, motorbikes (Okada) and tricycle services (Keke NAPEP) are prohibited.

”Suspension of restrictions. These restrictions would be suspended on the following days to enable people re-stock essential goods. Thursday, April 16, from 6am- 2pm, Thursday, 21st April, 2020, from 6am-2pm.

“Wearing of Masks. In compliance with recent findings on causes of the spread of COVID -19, wearing of facemasks in public places will be compulsory from 14th April. Government is finalizing arrangements to make facemasks available to persons on essential duties, including foodstuff sellers in markets.

“On-Line Education. The school –on- air programme for primary and secondary school students will continue during the period. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been directed to continue to improve on the modalities for ensuring effective delivery of this programme.

Establishment of Test Center. Government is making efforts to set up a COVID 19 test center in the state. This is one of the major tasks of the Covid-19 Response Resource Mobilisation Committee, recently set up by the government to mobilise funds and manage projects to prevent the spread of this pandemic.

Meanwhile, the state government has promised to cushion the effects of the sit-at-home order on the people of the state.

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