By Emmanuel Adigwe
Governor Nasir el-Rufai has opened up Kaduna State after 75 days of partial lockdown.
In a state broadcast on Tuesday, 9 June, 2020, the governor appreciated the people of the state for their immense sacrifices in the last two and half months as containment measures against COVID-19 were implemented.
He also informed the people of Kaduna about the invocation of the Quarantine Act and he stated that from Wednesday, the Qurantine order would be amended to permit significant reopening of the state.
He further stated that schools and markets would remain closed since it is not safe to reopen them.
He said: “Businesses can reopen, subject to the provision of thermometers for temperature checks, sanitizers or hand washing equipment and physical distancing measures within all facilities. Working hours will be between 9am and 3pm daily.”
He also disclosed that church services are allowed only on Sundays and mosques are allowed to conduct only Friday Jumat services for the time being, subject to compliance with the safety stipulations and that transport operators must reduce capacity to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50 per cent of capacity.
He lifted the ban on intra-state travel but mandated government officials to continue to control state boundaries.
He said: “Within the state, security checkpoints will be allowed only to enforce compliance with the night curfew.
“During the day, any violations of the adjusted Quarantine Order like failure to wear face masks will be enforced by Operation Yaki, KASTLEA, the Vigilance Service and Mobile Courts.
“Supermarkets and personal services providers such as hair dressing and barbing salons can reopen; hotels can fully open, but with their restaurants and bars offering only room service.”
Concerning those in the civil service, he said that public servants would be summoned back to work in phases to be announced by the Head of Service and he urged every citizen to take care of their personal safety.