RIVERS STATE: LOCKDOWN EASE

Rivers State Government has announced the re-opening of all markets in the state with effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2020, from 7 a.m to 6 p.m daily.

“Similarly, Churches can now hold services with 50 per cent of their hall capacity provided the leadership can enforce the wearing of face masks and washing of hands at the entrance by worshippers.


Governor Nyesom Wike who announced this in a state-wide broadcast Monday evening said that Rumukwurushi (Oil Mill) and Oginiba Slaughter markets still remain closed.


He stated that as the markets resume business, they must operate in strict compliance with the established protocols on wearing of face masks, washing of hands and maintaining social distancing.

The governor explained that the government lifted the ban placed on markets to increase the tempo of economic activities in the state, saying; “Market managers must provide for hand washing and use of sanitizers for everyone at the entrance of every market, ensure the wearing of face mask and maintaining social distancing
Wike warned that “Any market that opens to the public and fails to comply strictly with these protocols shall be closed down. The market managers shall be prosecuted while the contravening shops shall be forfeited to the State Government without notice.


“Similarly, Churches can now hold services with 50 per cent of their hall capacity provided the leadership can enforce the wearing of face masks and washing of hands at the entrance by worshippers.

He added; “The ban on outdoor sports activities at the Port Harcourt Club, Golf Club and the Port Harcourt Polo Club is also lifted.



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