Covid-19: Kwara govt imposes partial lockdown, bans commercial transportation

By Ibraheem Solaudeen.

As part of measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Kwara State government on Wednesday imposed a partial lockdown in the state, effective from Friday, March 27, 2020.

According to the State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, who made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Ilorin, shortly after a meeting by the COVID-19 Technical Committee, “all motor parks, public transportation including motorcycle, tricycle and taxis are banned from operation.”

Alabi further stated that all social gatherings are equally banned forthwith, while adding that churches and mosques remain closed.

The deputy governor, however, noted that only food stores and pharmacies are allowed to open at the market, as “eateries are only permitted to sell take away to their customers.”

The directive ordered all hostels and shopping malls to make provision for temperature checking and hygiene, using infrared handheld thermometers and hand sanitisers.

The state government called on residents to remain calm, while stressing that anyone caught contravening the rules would be adequately sanctioned.

“The lock down however is starting tomorrow (Thursday) morning but effective from 6am on Friday to afford people stuck up food and for payment of salary”, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Modupe Joel added.

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