…Reduces relax to one day;
…Use of facemasks compulsory.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has extended the quarantine orders being enforced in the state for another 30 days.
The governor’s decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on COVID-19, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
The 30-day extended quarantine orders, according to the statement issued and signed by the governor’s media aid, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, takes effective from Sunday, 26th April, 2020.
“With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and the FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the Standing Committee’s evaluation is that, measures should be taken to protect Kaduna State residents that require further strengthening and more vigorous enforcement,” it stated.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has endorsed this evaluation and has accordingly reviewed the Quarantine Orders to strengthen the provisions against unauthorized movements. The two-day window during which the restriction of movement is relaxed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been reduced to only one day.
“Henceforth, only Wednesdays will be lockdown-free, until the trajectory of COVID-19 infections becomes clearer.
“All persons that venture out of their homes, for whatever reason, must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorized vehicles.
“Government is making efforts to provide facemasks for poor and vulnerable residents, and it appeals to everyone that can afford it to get their tailors to make them cloth facemasks, which they can wash after every use. The government also encourages tailors to produce facemasks for sale to those that are neither poor nor vulnerable.
“Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measure to reduce person-to-person transmission,” the statement added.
The state government said that the measures announced on 26th March, 2020, to contain COVID-19 remain in force and have been renewed. “These were imposed in exercise of the powers vested in the governor by Section 45 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act 1926, now known as CAP Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Public Health Law of 1917.
“Therefore, further to these declarations, and in accordance with the law, the quarantine orders imposed at midnight on Thursday, 26th March, 2020, are further extended for another 30 days, with the following conditions, amongst others:
“All residents of Kaduna State are quarantined and must stay at home. No office, event centre, market, shop or business of any sort or place of worship is allowed to open;
“The only categories of persons exempted are workers in essential services such as health workers, the Fire Service, Water Corporation, electricity distribution and security personnel. Tankers conveying fuel to petrol stations are also permitted to move;
“Businesses in the food and pharmaceutical value-chain are exempted, and shall enjoy the protections accorded to other essential services;
“Schools, places of worship, event centres, sports grounds, bars, restaurants, public parks and all other places where large crowds could gather are to remain closed until further notice.”