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COVID-19: Kwara Declares Partial Lockdown

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Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman-led government has declared a partial lockdown in Kwara State from 12 midnight to 4 am with effect from Thursday, December 24, 2020.

The development was disclosed in the new guidelines on COVID-19 released by the State Technical Committee on Coronavirus on Wednesday.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Raji Rasaq, while addressing a press conference in Ilorin, the state capital said, “There shall be partial statewide lockdown between 12 am and 4 a.m. until further notice.

“These new guidelines take effect from Thursday, December 24, 2020.”

Other measures announced by the committee included, “Appropriate use of face mask in public places is mandatory. Concerts/carnivals/Clubbing are not allowed until further notice.”

“Worship centres are not to allow congregations exceeding 50% of the maximum capacity of the venue. This is to allow for physical distancing.”

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

“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”, he said.

He added that security operatives would enforce the guidelines.

He said, “Provisions of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 shall apply to all offenders.”

“There will be further communications on school resumption.”

He said, “These new guidelines are subject to reviews as situations dictate.”

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