Kaduna State government has extended the partial lockdown regulations for two weeks, with adjustments to permit the reopening of certain sectors.
The State Deputy governor, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe stated this in a media broadcast on the review of the Quarantine Orders held in Kaduna.
Dr Hadiza Balarabe explained that, the measures are intended to preserve the state’s ability to protect citizens, empower citizens to lead the fight against Covid-19 as well as to make necessary adjustments to the partial lockdown to permit the safe resumption of the pursuit of livelihoods in more sectors.
“This is why the state government has adjusted and extended the Quarantine Orders, by two weeks to empower citizens to more steadfastly carry forward, the against fight Covid-19′
“When the decision was taken on Saturday, 25th April 2020 to extend the initial lockdown by 30 days, the government also charged a committee of senior officials to begin planning a post-lockdown scenario for the state. That committee has since submitted its report on how to safely reopen Kaduna State, and it identified availability of realistic health data as one crucial factor for making any decision”
According to her, preservation of the relaxations in the extension requires citizens to demonstrate greater compliance with laid down health protocols, particularly the wearing of facemasks outside the house, observance of physical distancing, regular handwashing with soap and water and the avoidance of large gatherings.
She said, violation of the protocols would compel the government to reimpose restrictions, stressing that, a spike in Covid-19 infections would also necessitate a tightening of restrictions.
Dr Balarabe however explained that, this week, relaxation of movement would be effected on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Deputy governor maintained that, From Monday, 1st June 2020, the revised regulations will come into effect, adding that, government give citizens a three-day window every week to shop for food and other essentials. Until otherwise stated.
She said, the lockdown-free days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while 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.
While 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”
Dr Balarabe further stated that, the prohibition of interstate and intercity travel remains, adding that, 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”
Dr Hadiza further revealed that, 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’
According to her, Restaurants will be allowed to open strictly to offer takeaway services while bars, sporting venues and event centres remain closed as are hotels that have not specifically been licensed as essential service providers during this period.
“The public sector will also use the two-week extension to prepare for limited resumption. Heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies will ensure that government offices are reconfigured for physical distancing and that handwashing facilities are available.