Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced that his government has extended the lockdown order in Kaduna State by another two weeks.
Residents of the state have been on lockdown for the past 2 months and there were calls for ease down of the restrictions to allow poor residents contend with the challenges of zero income and food shortages.
The state deputy governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, in a press briefing on Tuesday, stated that;
From Monday, 1st June 2020, the revised regulations will come into effect. They give citizens a three-day window every week to shop for food and other essentials.
“Until otherwise stated, the lockdown-free days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“Temporary neighbourhood markets will continue to operate from 10am to 4pm on these three days, but citizens can move from 6am to 6pm on these lockdown-free days.
“Informal markets are not allowed and those flouting regulations by turning streets into markets are advised to stop.
“The adjusted orders also expand the ability of citizens to resume the pursuit of livelihoods in permitted sectors subject to compliance with health and safety protocols, including physical distancing.
“Private sector firms that meet these requirements will also operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“This window also allows vulcanisers, welders, mechanics and providers of similar services to operate on the same days.”
According to her, Kaduna State has so far conducted 1,900 tests and recorded a total of 189 Covid-19 cases as at May 25.