Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike temporarily lifted the total blockade he imposed on the state government's Obio / Akpor and Port Harcourt areas of the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor lifted the blockade for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 and 13, 2020, to allow residents to replenish their food.
The governor had declared a total blockade on the two LGAs as a measure to reduce the spread of the dreaded virus in the state.
However, during a state broadcast on Sunday night, the governor said the blockade will be lifted for Tuesday and Wednesday and will be reinstated as of Thursday, May 14, 2020.
During the days when the blockade is lifted, the governor said that all other restrictions established under executive orders on social distance will still be in place.
“Consequently, we considered the propositions on the way forward for well-intentioned citizens of the state and, after a careful review of the situation, we decided to implement a partial relaxation of the blocking measures, to allow residents to have some fresh air and replenish their food and medicines.
“To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the total blockade in the areas of the local governments of Obio / Akpor and Port Harcourt for just two days, with effect from Tuesday 12 May 2020.
“All stores, supermarkets and malls can open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 and 13, 2020.
“Likewise, all hospitals and banks can also open and provide comprehensive services to the public. Oil and gas companies are required to send their personnel list of essential tasks to the government; note that there is no ban on lifting petroleum products from deposits and other containers.
"The total confinement in the local government areas of Obio / Akpor and Port Harcourt they will be reinstated on Thursday 14 May 2020 and will remain until further notice.
“Mandatory use of a face mask or scarf in vehicles and public places; closing all land, sea and air borders and entry routes into the State; and closing all open markets, including slaughterhouses, hotels, inns, cinemas, bars and restaurants; and a ban on gathering, including public burials, weddings and religious meetings of more than 50 people. Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
“Notice that our enemy is invisible; stay at home, maintain social distance, wash your hands regularly and stay safe, ”he said.
Earlier on Sunday, the governor had ordered the destruction of two hotels in the state for displaying a blockade order in the state.
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