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Wike announces relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown for two days

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has announced the relaxation of the lockdown order imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in River state for two days.

The governor’s announcement was published by his aide on new media, Marshal Ibuzor on Monday morning.

“To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for two days only; with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020,” Wike stated in his announcement.

The lifting of the restrictions allows malls, shops, banks, and hospitals to operate for two days; starting from the 12th to the 13th of May, 2020.

“All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020.

“Similarly, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide full services to the public;

“While oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to Government; note that there is no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles,” the statement read.

The lockdown is expected to continue on the 14th of May after the two days break.

“The total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas will be reinstated on Thursday 14th May 2020 and remain until further notice,” the governor’s announcement read.

The governor highlighted that the “social distancing rule” will still be enforced during the two days break.

He advised residents to remain law-abiding during the break period.

Wike said all other established restrictions under the Executive Orders on social distancing are still in force.

He said, “Compulsory wearing of face mask in vehicles and public places, closure of all land, sea and air borders and entry routes into the state; and closure of all open markets, including slaughters, hotels, guest houses, cinemas, bars, and restaurants, etc.

“Please note that our enemy is invisible. stay at home, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and stay safe.”

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