Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor,
has temporarily lifted the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days, with effect from May 12, 2020.
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The governor made the announcement in a live broadcast on Sunday night.
“Consequently, we have given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the State, and after a cautious review of the situation, decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.
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“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,” he said.
Wike stated that all malls and hospitals will be opened within this period, while the lockdown will be reinstated on Thursday, May 14.
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“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.
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“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,” he added.
The governor, however, noted that all other established restrictions under the Executive Orders on social distancing are still in force.
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They include; compulsory wearing of face mask or scarfs in vehicles and public places; closure of all land, sea and air borders and entry routes into the state; closure of all open markets, including slaughters, hotels, guest houses, cinemas, bars and restaurants; ban on gathering, including public burials, weddings, and religious gathering of more than 50 persons.