Dr. Sen. Ifeanyi A. Okowa eases lockdown in Delta

Governor Dr. Sen. Ifeanyi A. Okowa of Delta State

Delta Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Tuesday announced easing of the lockdown in the state to contain the corona virus pandemic with effect from April 30th.

Okowa who made this known in a statewide broadcast said the partial lifting of the ban was to enable Deltans engage in economic activities between 6.00 am and 7.00 pm.

He said, “In view of the foregoing, it has become necessary to partially lift the ban on movements within the State effective Thursday, 30th April 2020. This is to enable our people engage in economic/business activities between the hours of 6am and 7pm”.

Okowa said the lockdown period enabled the State government break the chain of transmission while also assisting in “tracing, identifying, isolating and testing contacts of infected persons”.

He made some new adjustment to the lockdown rule & social distancing which is as follows-

  • He said schools, recreational centres and sporting activities in the state will remain closed till May 31st.
  • Although burials and weddings were exempted from the restriction order, Okowa said social distancing rule must be applied, adding that the number of guests at such events must not exceed 50 persons.
  • Bars & Night clubs remain closed till further notice
  • Restaurants are allowed to operate on takeaway bases
  • Hotels are allowed to open with in-room purchases only, while their restaurants, bars & Night clubs remain closed till further notice
  • Transport service are allowed to operate in this manner.
    1. Keke – 2 persons at the back
    2. Taxi – 1 person at the front & 2 persons at the back. A total of 3 persons
    3. 16 & 18 sitter bus – 10 to 12 persons respectively
  • Airport remain closed
  • Public service – workers of grade 12 & above are allow to resume work, while the rule time not apply to junior staffs with essential duties
  • Traders & marketers are to wear face mask as they are carrying out their daily businesses
  • Barbers & hair dressing saloons are to put on gloves & keep social distancing. They should reduce crowd gathering

He said the distribution of cloth face masks will commence from 28th April, adding that residents must wear it in public places.

He said a meeting with religious leaders will hold on April 30th to “chart the way forward for places of worship”, stressing that crusades remain banned indefinitely.

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