COVID-19 Second Wave: Kwara Declares Partial Lockdown

COVID-19 Second Wave: Kwara Declares Partial Lockdown
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Kwara State government on Wednesday imposed a partial lockdown on the state due to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

The lockdown takes effect Thursday, December 24, 2020, and it is between 12:00 and 4:30 am till further notice.

The state also said, “appropriate use of face masks in public places is mandatory.” Vice-Chairman of the state Technical Committee on COVID-19 Razak Raji told newsmen on Wednesday.

He added that “concerts/carnivals/clubbing are not allowed until further notice. Worship centres are not to allow congregations exceeding 50 percent of the maximum capacity of the venue. This is to allow for physical distancing.

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“Other gatherings (formal and informal) exceeding 50 people are disallowed. Therefore, the protocol of ‘No face mask, no entry’ must apply at all public places.”

Dr Raji, who is also the state Health Commissioner added: “Civil servants are to work from their homes. The only exemptions are essential workers, especially in the health sector. Virtual meetings are encouraged.

“Transporters are to enforce all COVID-19 protocols, including proper use of face masks by drivers and passengers. Appropriate sanctions will apply to defaulters.

“Security agencies will deploy all lawful means to enforce these protocols. Defaulters are deemed to constitute dangers to public health. Provisions of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 shall apply to all offenders.

He said that “there will be further communications on school resumption,” Insisting that “tese new guidelines are subject to reviews as situations dictate.”