Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has announced the re-opening of the State after a 75-day partial lockdown.
The partial lockdown was imposed on the state following the invocation of the Quarantine Act and the State Public Health Law on March 26 as a measure to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor directed that as from Wednesday, 10 June 2020, the Quarantine Order will be amended to permit a significant reopening of the State, especially businesses and places of worships.
Speaking at a state broadcast in Kaduna, the Governor however said, it is still unsafe to reopen schools and markets at this stage of Covid-19 containment.
He promised that the government will keep engaging with the relevant stakeholders on the matter to determine the appropriate timing and conditions precedent.
He mentioned that businesses can reopen between 9 am-3 pm daily and should be subject to the provision of thermometers for temperature checks, sanitizers or handwashing equipment and physical distancing measures within all facilities.
He further said Church services are allowed only on Sundays and Mosques are allowed to conduct only Friday Jumat services for the time being.
Governor El-Rufai maintained that transport operators must reduce capacity to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50% of capacity.
“The ban on intra-state travel has been lifted but government officials will continue to control State boundaries to reduce unauthorised inter-state travels.
“Within the State, security checkpoints will be allowed only to enforce compliance with the night-time curfew. During the day, any violations of the adjusted Quarantine Order like failure to wear facemasks will be enforced by Operation Yaki, KASTLEA, the Vigilance Service and the Mobile Courts”. Governor El-Rufai said.
He said Public servants will be summoned back to work in phases to be announced by the Head of Service.
“As we open up, we advise older people to stay home as much as possible, and avoid condolence visits and attending congregational prayers. Older people above 50 years should avoid receiving visitors”.
The Governor counselled that, after the opening up of the state, the next step of staying safe while pursuing socio-economic activities is strictly in the hands of each individual.
He warned that the relaxation will be reversed in the event of a spike in COVID-19 infections or unsatisfactory compliance levels with the conditions, and total quarantine re-imposed to preserve health and protect lives.