The Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, has ordered that all markets, shops and other related public gathering be closed in the state.
Ishaku stated this while speaking with the people of the state on the update of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Taraba State governor noted that the directive to close down markets and shops in the state takes effect from April 1, 2020.
The deputy governor of the state, Haruna Manu, read the speech of the governor at the government house on Tuesday.
Ishaku said so far, no case of COVID-19 has been reported in the state.
He said only shops that offer essential services such as food stores, medical shops and petrol service stations will be allowed to operate.
He, therefore, cautioned the essential services providers not to use the opportunity to hike the price of their products and services.
The governor said two Isolation Centers have been established, one at Federal Medical Center Jalingo while another is at Specialist Hospital Jalingo, to ensure that any outbreak is well handled.
“I, therefore, urge Tarabans to cooperate and adopt simple universal, acceptable, hygienic protocol such as no handshakes, no hugging, regular washing of hands, use of sanitizers and maintaining social distancing, among other similar measures.”
He further stated that the ban placed on gatherings more than 20 people still stands as a measure to curb the spread of the virus.
Ishaku charged security operatives in the state to fully implement the closure of all the interstate borders to restrict movement into the state.
“By this address, I am reiterating the earlier directives that the police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps must enforce strict compliance to this executive order.”