Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike announced on Wednesday in a State-wide broadcast, that the State Government has suspended the total lockdown exercise in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for six days, with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.
Below his a summary of the Governor’s statement in the press briefing;
Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses from tomorrow morning, that is, Thursday May 21 until 8.00 p.m., Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.
“It is important to emphasized that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed.
“Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut.
“Religious gatherings of more than 50 persons remain prohibited.
“All public weddings, burials and other social gathering also remain prohibited.
” Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must continue to limit the number of passengers to two persons only.
“The wearing of face masks or coverings in public spaces, including commercial and private vehicles remains compulsory as those who contravene would be arrested and summarily dealt with as the law demands,”
The Governor enjoined all residents to continue to maintain social distancing in every space, including within vehicles, bank premises and shopping places as required by the subsisting regulations.