BY NNAMDI IGWE
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, has ordered the re-opening of all food markets including restaurants and bars in the State for normal business with immediate effect.
In a statewide broadcast Saturday, the Governor said they must comply with the principles of social distancing and provide hand washing points with soap and hand sanitizers at entry points into the markets.
“Today makes it 28 days since we locked all our markets. As result, I have scheduled a meeting with the leaders of all the markets in Anambra State for Monday, April 27, 2020 to review our position and agree on when to reopen our markets.
“All our boundaries with neighbouring states remain completely closed.Only people on essential services and haulage trucks with essential commodities are allowed passage after a thorough check and confirmation by the security personnel at the boundaries. The illegal motor parks operating at the boundaries shall be quickly dismantled with immediate effect. Crossing the boundaries on foot is not allowed. The law enforcement has been directed to see to that.
“With regards to religious groups, leaders of the church should ensure that worshipers comply with the standard protocols of Covid-19 which includes wearing of face masks to church, use of hand sanitizers, social distancing and regular washing of hands. Church leaders should decide how best to conduct mass and service in strict adherence to the principles of social distancing to ensure that worshipers are not endangered. Please note that there should be no crusades and vigils for the time being.
The Governor also announced that “movement within Anambra State has been re- oepened
“Movement within Anambra State has now been reopened.
“The directive on the wearing of face masks remains fully in force. Nobody should step out of their homes without wearing a face mask.
“We shall continue to emphasize strict compliance with the globally accepted Covid-19 protocol of regular hand-washing, regular use of hand-sanitizers and other social-distancing rules” he stated .