By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, Noth-West, Nigeria – Kaduna State Government on Tuesday announced a three-day weekly window for residents to shop for food and other essentials, just as it continues with the lockdown to curtail Coronavirus Pandemic.
Hence, the lockdown-free days are now Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
In a broadcast to the people, the State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, said 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.
“The adjusted orders also expand the ability of citizens to resume the pursuit of livelihoods, in permitted sectors subject to compliance with health and safety protocols, including physical distancing.
“Private sector firms that meet these requirements will also operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“This window also allows vulcanisers, welders, mechanics and providers of similar services to operate on the same days.
“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.”